Friday, August 22, 2014

A Different Experience

A Day with the Zoo Camp Kids 

What is it like working with the Zoo Camp kids ?

The Zoo Camp kids sure know how to have fun, from snacks to learning about animals, and even trips around the zoo! Today the Zoo Camp kids researched a certain animal and spread around the zoo to teach visitors about those animals. For example, the group I was with today was "The Okapis". They stood near the African Wild Dogs, and taught people about them, I even learned a thing or two from them! 
Later on the Zoo Camp kids headed back to the Congo classroom to make their own little plays. Overall, it was a different, and very fun experience hanging out with the Zoo Camp kids.
Zoo Camp kids teaching people about African Wild Dogs

Post by Jean Michel 

BTG Interview with Lemuel

BTG Interview 

What is it that you do ?
"Any emergency or malfunction that comes up regarding technology we go and help."

Do you enjoy it ?
"Yes, because I understand the technological aspect of it and plus it's a very chill internship."

What time do you come in and leave ?
"I come in at 9:30am and I leave at 4pm. And there's also like no set time for lunch. Lunch is basically when ever we're not busy."

What do you enjoy the most about this internship ?
"It's usually very chill. It's been fairly easy this week. There was only a couple of really busy days."

What do you enjoy the least ?
"Nothing. I actually really like it."

What were the busy days and why did you do ?
"Monday was busy since it was my first day so I was being showed around. Wednesday was also a very busy day since it was free admission day so there was a lot of malfunctions. We had to fix a touch screen at Congo and I just assisted and watched.

Who are you usually with ?
"On Monday, Tuesday and Friday I was with James and on Wednesday and Thursday I was with Joe. The time that  I was with Joe it was mostly outside because he doesn't like being indoors in the office all day. So we were usually running around all day.

I was also able to ask his mentor, James, a few questions too.

When is it the busiest ?
"Summer weekends since people are usually like on vacations and stuff during the week. Winter weekdays since it's usually freezing outside and people would much rather stay inside. So I have to deal with setting up conference calls and stuff like that. There's also usually no in between. It's either super busy or super slow."

What are other things that you have to take are of ?
"I also have to deal with setting up weddings which is usually pretty hectic. In the years that I've been here there has probably been a wedding every weekend of every year in the months of like August to October."

It was actually really nice to be able to hang out with James and Lemuel for a couple hours and see what it is they actually do. I also got to find out some pretty interesting stuff. Who knew that people actually have their weddings in the Bronx Zoo..

During the interview, they had to go test something. We went to various locations and I was able to witness firsthand what they do.
Lemuel testing out a microphone 


Long day at the Bronx Zoo

Today, Jean and I went on a crazy adventure. After lunch, Jen decided to make us go on a QR code scavenger hunt. Two hours into the hunt we were still on number 10 and we still had about a handful of other codes to find. When we finally hit number 14, we were so confused about what the clue was even saying so we asked Jen to help us out. She said that it was in Jungle World. Once we got there, we found out that the last couple of QR codes had been taken down. I was sad because we didn't get to finish the challenge but in the end we were able to get on the Bengali Express Monorail. It was actually very beautiful!

We were able to see a lot of animals very up close including a tiger, elephants, and a panda. After our ride on the monorail was done, we were so tired from all the walking that we took a shuttle back to the Education building. It was a very long and tiring day but in the end it was worth it! 

Asian Elephants
Siberian Tiger

Red Panda


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Theme of the Day: "Horns and Shells" Part 2


Today was a good day to come to the Bronx Zoo. Some might ask why ... because of free admission .. DUH! It was a nice sunny day to spend with the family here at the Bronx Zoo. In the morning, we had the chance to get on Dinosaur Safari.

Poor Mr. Triceratops got mauled by a T-Rex.

A dinosaur ... with lips.
 Later on in the day, Jean and I were sent on a hunt for animals that had horns or shells. Some of the animals that we came across included this little guy.
Fun Facts: 
  •  Turtles have a hard shell that protect them like a shield, this upper shell is called a ‘carapace’.
  •  Turtles also have a lower shell called a ‘plastron’.
  • A turtle's shell is  made up of 50 different bones attached to their spine.
  • Shells have nerves embedded in them and a blood supply as well, so if a turtle's shell is injured, it may bleed and feel pain.
  • Many turtle species (not all) can hide their heads inside their shells when attacked by predators.
  •  Their scutes (the square like things on top of their shells), sometimes called shields, are overlapping pieces of keratin which is the same substance as human fingernail!  .. Gross but cool! 
  • Turtles, unlike snails, cannot trade in their shells for a new one if damaged. 
  • Their shells never fall off and are never too large or too small since it grows with the turtle.
  • Turtles do shed their scutes to make room for larger ones.
  • If the scutes aren't properly shed or they shed too much, then turtles can often develop infection and disease. 
Overall, it was a good day! -D.P

Theme of the Day: "Horns and Shells" Part 1


Fun Facts:

1) Horns are a permanent hard outgrow 
2) Most horns consist of a core of bone encased in keratinized skin
3) Proteins can be found surrounding the core bone of the horn in some animals
4) Giraffes do NOT have horns, they are called ossicones, they are covered with furred skin
 5) Most deers and antlers do NOT have true horns due to the fact that they are made of dead bone
6) The "horns" of rhinoceroses are actually completely made of keratin (same substance as fingernails), they do NOT have a bone core
7) The horns of triceratops are considered to be extensions of its skullbones

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Gazelle and its horns at the Bronx Zoo
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Female Nyala's (only Males have horns)
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Horns and spikes everywhere at the Dinosaur Safari

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Flamingos at the Bronx Zoo

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Day At the Health Center

I'm not the only lucky intern at the New York Aquarium this week, while I've been handling the social media aspect of things around here, Angel's been busy busy busy in the health center. Fortunately, she was able to answer a few questions so I can have a better understanding as to what her responsibilities are. Here's what she said.

Q: What kind of activities have you been up to? What's the agenda around? Is there's an agenda?
A: In the lab the agenda is to test the tank water and make sure it isn't toxic with nitrite, ammonia or dissolved oxygen.

Q: Have you enjoyed this internship?
A: Yes, I have. I learned so much in just the first day.

Q: Has the internship influenced you to study marine biology? Or science?
A: Oh yeah! I've always wanted to study marine biology since I became connected to the NY Aquarium.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone looking to be in your position?
A: Take any opportunity you get, not just for the money, but because you love it.

Q: Would you say this was a much needed work experience? Have you pulled anything from this?
A: Yes, I have expanded my knowledge on marine biology. Having this knowledge will show my future professors and scientists that I know what I'm doing.

Q: Would you want to do this again? Possibly for life?
A: If marine biology doesn't work out, then yes. I'd like to come back and work at the health center.

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Dissolved oxygen testing in the lab.
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Angel hard at work behind the scenes, testing
the waters