Winter 2021

Download Winter 2021 (01-11-2021) newsletter This issue includes: AASAG Committee Updates AASAG Communications Committee Update: 2020 Ambassador Animal Collections Survey Results AASAG Best Practices Initiative Update AASAG Professional Development and Research Initiatives Update Articles Socially Distanced Guest Engagement in the Time of COVID-19 SHOW AND TAIL: To Every Animal, There is a Season (Barn Owl) SHOW AND TAIL: The Little

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Radiated Tortoise

Astrochelys radiata Order: Testudines Family: Testudinidae Radiated tortoises are the closest living relative of the Ploughshare tortoises, the most endangered tortoises in the world. Overview This striking species gives the perfect opportunity to talk about the unique biodiversity of Madagascar and the plight of endangered species across the globe. Radiated tortoises are personable and allow guests a hands on experience

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Budgie (Budgerigar)

Budgie (Budgerigar) Latin Name: Melopsittacus undulatus Order: Psittaciformes Family: Psittacidae Overview  Budgies are a charismatic ambassador species due to their outgoing nature. They can be kept as ambassadors either in large walk-through aviaries, where flock size may range in the hundreds, or in a smaller setting as a single bird/pair/small group. Budgies are highly gregarious, and so at least keeping a

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Straw- Colored Fruit Bat

Eidolon helvum Order: Chiroptera Family:Pteropodidae Straw- colored fruit bat Chiroptera is the family of bats. Overview  Natural History Information  Range and Habitat  The straw- colored fruit bat can be found throughout Africa in tropical forests, savannas, and any other area that contains many trees and enough food. They most commonly roost in trees during the day but can also be

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Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides Order: Caprimulgiformes Family: Podargidae Overview Tawny frogmouths are unusual, charismatic birds that will engage the audience at first sight.  Though common throughout most of Australia and Tasmania, most American zoo audiences will not be familiar with the frogmouth and will be thirsty for information.  Ambassador tawny frogmouths can be trained to sit calmly on hand, and are generally

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Scarlet Macaw

Ara macao Order: Psittaciformes Family: Psitticidae Scarlet Macaw    The class Aves comes from the Latin for both birds and flight. Overview  Natural History Information  Range and Habitat  Scarlet macaws are native to Central and South America. They inhabit woodland areas and the humid lowland tropical rainforest (up to 3,000 feet). These macaws spend most of their time in the

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American / Common Crow

Corvus brachyrhchos Order: Passeriformes Family: Corvidae American/ Common Crow   Overview  Natural History Information  Range and Habitat  Crows are highly adaptable and will live throughout North America wherever there are open places that offer perches and reliable sources of food. Physical Description 450-570 grams 17-21 inches tall 33-39 inch wingspan Longevity  In their native habitat: 15 months to 9 years

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Goffin’s Cockatooo

Cacatua goffini Order: Psittaciformes Family: Psitticidae Overview  Natural History Information  Range and Habitat  Living in both forest and agricultural land, the Goffin’s Cockatoo can be found in coastal, lowland areas of the Tanimbar Islands of Indonesia.   Longevity  Median life expectancy in the wild: unknown Median life expectancy in captivity: up to 75 years Ecosystem Role  Cockatoos are important seed

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Eurasian Collared Dove

Common Name: Eurasian Collared Dove Latin Name: Streptopelia decaocto Order: Columbiformes Family:Columbidae Overview Originally a wild species found across northern Asia and Europe, the Eurasian collared dove is now kept as a pet in many other parts of the world. It’s call is very similar to the North American mourning dove. The body is of similar size to that species,

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Fall 2020

Download Fall 2021 (09-28-2020) newsletter This issue includes: Articles AMBASSADORS IN ACTION: A Giant Rabbit with a Giant Notion (Domestic Rabbit) SHOW AND TAIL: Extreme Monotremes (Echidna) AMBASSADORS IN ACTION: The Swallow-tailed Kite SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: Frilled Lizard (Frilled Dragon) SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula SHOW AND TAIL: From Bug in a Box to Out of the Box (training invertebrates)

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