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.
Sustainable Water for Gorillas and People
A visit to Africa often has a life-changing impact on those fortunate enough to make the trip. Following her first trip to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda and accompanied by notable animal experts Julie Scardina and Jungle Jack Hanna, Nancy Uslan founded NEUGlobal.com to help improve literacy in the central African nation. Its mission has since expanded to help bring clean and sustainable water to communities living close to wildlife for the benefit of people and endangered species like the gorilla.
Florida Coral Rescue Center
For the past several years, scientists have been tracking the stony coral tissue loss disease that is rapidly destroying corals as it spreads across the Florida Reef Tract. To preserve coral species, a consortium of public and private organizations has formed the Florida Coral Rescue Center (FCRC). The FCRC is the newest and largest member of a national network of coral holding facilities. Jim Kinsler, SeaWorld aquarium curator and FCRC facility manager leads a team of specially trained aquarists.
AMZAP: Increasing Minority Representation in Zoos
According to its website, the newly launched Association of Minority Zoo & Aquarium Professionals (AMZAP.org) is comprised of professionals working in the zoological industry focused on minority representation in the zoo field across all disciplines and at all levels. Its goal is to build a sense of community amongst minorities currently working in the zoo field and to promote animal care and conservation careers as viable options for interested minorities. National Zoo curator, Craig Saffoe is guest.
How Do You Teach a Penguin to Swim?
Head zookeeper Rickey Kinley began his career as a high school student enrolled in a unique job training program in partnership with the Cincinnati Zoo. With a strong interest in operant conditioning, Rickey noticed the penguins in his care spent far less time swimming compared to their wild counterparts. Since excessive standing can lead to bumble-foot in some avian species, Rickey and his team developed a behavioral plan and exhibit changes to increase the time the animals spent being active in the water.
How to Succeed a Legend
What better way to begin season 4 than a conversation with seasoned trainer, educator and friend, Jim Nemet. After long careers at SeaWorld and Cleveland's Metroparks Zoo, Jim recently accepted the role of Director of Wildlife for the prestigious Cleveland Museum of Natural History-- a role previously held by a local legend for almost 50 years! This episode is a fun stroll down memory lane between two friends appreciating lessons of the past and applying them to the future of animal husbandry and training.
Long time animal care professional PJ Beaven realized she would be unable to ensure the best welfare for the animals in her care if she didn't first prioritize her own mental and physical health and well-being. Using the same positive reinforcement principles of husbandry and training she learned to apply to animals like elephants, PJ created Zoo Fit. It's a process and lifestyle designed to "eat clean, live green, and train positive." Plus, we share a personal letter from the family of Jungle Jack Hanna.
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.