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Moluccan Cockatoo

Moluccan Cockatoo Cacatua moluccensis Order: Psittaciformes Family: Cacatuidae Overview With regard to their availability and suitability as ambassador animals: Contact the Parrot TAG for availability of cockatoos through AZA facilities. Cockatoos do not need to be hand-reared from hatch to make good ambassador birds, in fact, allowing birds to remain with their parents until weaned makes for a healthier individual

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Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Gromphadorhina portentosa Order: Blattodea Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Housing: Zoo Atlanta keeps a breeding colony in a 20 gallon long tank. Program roaches are housed in an approximately 11×8 inch kritter keeper. Austin Zoo: 10 gallon tank lined with reptile carpet Brandywine Zoo: the top 2-3″ of the inside rim of the tank are coated with petroleum jelly to prevent

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Caribbean Giant Cockroach

Blaberus giaganteus Order: Blattodea Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management   Individual Identification   Programmatic Information Transportation Temperature Guidelines   Crating: Tips on Presentation Touching Techniques Tips on Handling   Potential Messaging Acquisition Information   Comments from the Rating System Buffalo Zoo: No-touch and must be displayed in

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Mexican Red Kneed Tarantula

Brachypelma smithi Order: Araneae Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements 1 x gut-loaded cricket per week Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management   Individual Identification   Programmatic Information Transportation Temperature Guidelines   Crating: Tips on Presentation Touching Techniques Tips on Handling Usually very docile and easy to handle; may kick urticating hairs if threatened.

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Goliath Bird-eating Spider

Theraphosa blondi Order: Araneae Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management   Individual Identification   Programmatic Information Transportation Temperature Guidelines   Crating: Tips on Presentation Touching Techniques Tips on Handling Seneca Park Zoo: Do not handle!   Potential Messaging Acquisition Information   Comments from the Rating System Seneca Park

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Costa Rican Zebra-leg Tarantula

Rhechosticta seemanni Order: Araneae Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements In the wild, spiderlings eat pinhead crickets and other small insects, while adults eat crickets, other large insects, and the occasional small vertebrate. In captivity, they are feed crickets every week, and one pinkie mouse or earth worm once a month. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony

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Brazilian Black Tarantula

Grammostola pulchra Order: Araneae Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Wild Diet: they eat a variety of invertebrates, including insects. May also eat small mammals, reptiles and other spiders. Zoo/Aquarium Diet: insects (crickets, dubias, butterworms, etc). After a molt, we do not feed or handle for 2 weeks. Our adults are fed 1 cricket or butterworm/week and our spiderlings were

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Vinegaroon

Mastigoproctus giganteus Order: Uropygi Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements In the wild, young vinegaroons eat pinhead crickets and other small insects, while adults feed on larger insects, worms, and slugs. In captivity, vinegaroons are fed crickets; young receive pinhead crickets and adults receive adult crickets. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management   Individual

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Emperor Scorpion

Pandinus imperator Order: Scorpiones Husbandry Information Housing Requirements This is one of the few scorpions that can be housed in small groups. Use a 5-15 gallon terrarium, depending on the number you house. Use a substrate of damp sand and peat moss with a top layer of cypress mulch. Substrate should be 3-6 inches deep. Temperature should be between 75-80

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Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides Order: Caprimulgiformes Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Size and configuration should be similar to that of a barn owl. Perching should be at least 10cm wide with bark that the bird can easily grip. If possible the bird should have access to rain in order to bathe, although misting can substitute. Frogmouths are relatively hardy and tolerant of sub-freezing

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