Augusto had a great time at the MNHC with the mammals yesterday. The crowd was crowded and the fun was fun! Our volunteer, Jake, stood in for Jessi and he had a perfect first show. Thank you Jake for being there to help present the animals.
We love having a great relationship with the MNHC since our goals are very similar and we have been able to support each other for the last few years. We enjoy our Saturday Kids Activities we attend twice yearly, Spring and Fall, and we especially enjoy the summer camps with the naturally exploring kids. We hope to see everyone and more next spring when we have our next big presentation at the Natural History Museum!
Don't forget to join us at the Montana Natural History Museum Saturday, September 18th at 2pm for our public presentation of Magnificent Mammals. It'll be fun, intriguing, educational... did I mention fun? The History Museum charges a $5 ($3 for members) fee for the presentation and all proceeds go to better education the public about "no child left inside" and other nature focused programs. Looking forward to seeing you there!
We've been enjoying this nice sunny weather these last few days. The animals have been soaking up the sunshine and relaxing in the lazy warmth. We were happy to get some extra work done in the Animal Compound, painting, organizing, and rearranging. I guess the warm weather inspired us to get a few back burner projects off and running. The Compound is looking nicer and I'm sure the animals appreciate the matching colors and professional design as much as we do (*wink wink* joking). The next big project that needs to be started is installing insulation under the floor of the Compound. The winters in Montana are just too chilly to not have all the insulation against the weather as we can. Otherwise the animals toes would get too cold for comfort. The project should get underway as soon as possible.
I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather! I'm going to shove off and go take a walk with Tango, the Patagonian Cavy.
We received the results for Louie, the sun conure's untimely death and they have proved inconclusive. The advances in avian veterinary medicine has been rapidly improving, however it is very common that illnesses remain a mystery. We are sad that we don't have the answers we were waiting for but there is nothing to be done about that now. We will continue to monitor the health and well-being of the rest of the bird residents very closely for any signs of illness of unusual behavior. Since birds are very good at hiding illness one of the best ways to monitor their health is to weigh them regularly, once or twice a week is best. So far everyone seems healthy and happy.
Dusty, the chinchilla, has been battling an illness for the last few weeks. After several visits to the vet and a round of several different medications, he seems to be on the mend! He continues to gain weight every day and is very active. He's even getting his old personality back... he can be quite feisty at times.
Black Dalia, the Mexican Black Kingsnake, had ongoing medical issues for most of last year. We're very happy to say that she has completely recovered and is in perfect health and she has the appetite of an alligator!
Blueberry, the blue tongue skink, is still in Quarantine until she passes her second fecal exam to determine if she has successfully passed all the "bugs". She should be joining the rest of the reptiles in a few weeks, pending a clean report.
Everyone else is doing great. Considering we have over 60 animal residents, we're happy and proud of the good health record. Animals can't tell us with words when they are feeling ill, we must rely on reading their behavior and taking daily notes for reference of any changes. It is our priority to ensure an excellent quality of life for all of our animals and we work continuously to ensure we keep our strict level of excellence. We also care a great deal about them and we worry sick whenever one of them isn't feeling well. We are so relieved that Dusty, the chinchilla, is recovering and everyone else is squeaking, squawking, humming, purring, or keeping respectfully silent, to their hearts content.
Lily's 7th birthday couldn't have been more fun. Just when the party got rolling it started to rain, but that didn't faze the party goers. They marched their way to the barn to meet all the animals from Animal Wonders. Lily helped present some of the animals, she got to pretend she was a leaf for Stumpy the White's Tree Frog, become a branch for Lovie the Lovebird, and show off Sandy the Sand Boa. Tango, the Patagonian Cavy enjoyed a short romp around until he was moved into the lime-light and smiled for the camera as each child posed for a picture with him. We had a great time with the kids and they loved seeing the animals up close and personal after the presentation. We enjoyed the raw enthusiasm they showed for the animals and we will be smiling for days to come. Thank you Lily for allowing us to share your birthday!