Zoo Logic with animal trainer, zoo advocate, and ZOOmility author, Dr. Grey Stafford, is a weekly conversation with zoo, aquarium, and animal experts about Nature, wildlife, pets, animal training with positive reinforcement, health and welfare, research, conservation, and education, sustainability, zoo politics, activism and legislation, and all things animals! On Zoo Logic, we’ll go behind the scenes with animal professionals and influencers from around the world to explore the latest Zoos News and issues affecting wildlife, wild places, and people. Communicating with humor, cool stories, and candor, we’ll discover the interdependent connection between civilization, conservation, and commerce.
Be a Better Cog
At age three, future animal care professional, Mike Dech, discovered a love of sharks. So much so that by age twelve, he earned his SCUBA certification, which has served him well in his zoological career, as a hobby, and as a growing side business teaching new generations of divers and leading offshore excursions. Mike shares his insights after a lifetime of exploring his home state of Florida's reefs and offers advice to those looking to grow personally and professionally by pursuing their passion.
Bill Street, Sr VP at Indianapolis Zoo describes the recent International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. The IUCN publishes the well known Red List database which lists species according to their current population status such as endangered, threatened or least concern. The work to assess thousands of wild species is largely conducted by volunteers, so the Indianapolis Zoo has formed and funded the Global Center for Species Survival to help support IUCN committees.
Dolphin Welfare Study
Chicago Zoological Society's Dr. Lance Miller is one of the principle investigators of a recently published comprehensive Dolphin Welfare Study. Using new technology to track animals, researchers examined physiological and behavioral metrics for dozens of cetaceans from more than 40 AMMPA and AZA accredited facilities to better understand the factors that contribute to improved animal welfare. Such factors include habitat size, access to environmental enrichment, training, age, guest interactions, and more
Good Zoo News
In search of happier news, we turned to San Antonio Zoo director, Tim Morrow and American Humane President and CEO, Dr. Robin Ganzert. Tim describes how his local community supported the zoo during the financial hardships posed by COVID-19, so much so, that staff members were reimbursed for lost wages from a year ago. Robin shares news about the passage of the Paws Act, a federal law that funds the Veterans Administration's pilot project supporting the training of therapy dogs for service men and women.
Everything We Do Is Training
Denver Zoo behavioral manager, Heather Genter describes her lifelong passion for animal training. Starting out with her own dog training business, she graduated to working with exotics at a time when zoos didn't have behavioral managers and it seemed only sea lions and elephants were being trained. With zoos and aquariums widely using behavioral techniques across an array of species today, she thinks we have only just begun to realize the benefits for animal health, welfare, research and guest experience.
Building a Culture of Excellence
Within days of opening the Mississippi Aquarium in 2020, hurricane zeta made a nearly direct hit on the Gulfport attraction. While the harrowing experience left some damage to the campus shade structures, a larger lesson had been learned. Staff, exhibits and disaster planning had withstood the test of a category 3 storm in a region once devastated by Katrina. Curators Andy Horn and Matt Fripp describe the resulting team confidence of weathering the storm and the process of building a culture of excellence.
I love this podcast because I feel like I am always learning new things. Whether you’re just starting out in the zoo field, have been in the field for years, or just want to learn more about animals, this podcast is great for all animal lovers!
Keep on keeping
Makes even the hottest Phoenix day go by a little smoother for this zookeeper! Thanks for everything you do!
Awesome and Informative
Zoologic is a great and educational podcast.