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Translocation success and topophilia

By Fields Falcone, China Keeper  Four days after the scheduled departure and a different (smaller) boat altogether, a (smaller) MAC crew along with the CNMI biologists and the captain left Tinian for the tiny volcanic island of Guguan with nearly 100 birds in tow. Because of the late departure and the change of vessel, not all of us were able to go – five brave souls took to the waves in unchartered fluid territory for the MAC Program. In the past, the CNMI government has... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Sunday, July 12, 2015

Politics

By Fields Falcone, China Keeper  The boat that will carry these seedling sub-populations of monarchs and white-eyes to the sanctuary island of Guguan has been delayed. In many ways we are just in a situation of “island time”, which in other circumstances could be a quaint if only slightly irritating reminder to slow down our first world pulses. However, while all birds’ weights and temperaments are checked daily through non-invasive observation (the birds can be weighed without... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, July 3, 2015

In the trenches

By Fields Falcone, China Keeper   Netting the birds is complete! With a target number of 50 birds each, we ended with 47 Tinian monarchs and 51 bridled white-eyes. The monarchs posed a challenge… They live deep in the forest and required over 45 net sites to reach our goal, practically a net apiece. The white-eyes, on the other hand, loved to fly out across the WWII runway cross-roads we use as access to the habitat and needed only a few high nets and a little patience. After birds were... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, June 22, 2015

Meet a Keeper: Fields Falcone

 How long have you worked at the Memphis Zoo?    4.5 years (3 in Research, 1.5 in Animal Programs as a CHINA Keeper)   What is your educational background?    BS and MS in Biology, forest/avian ecology Master’s thesis    What interested you to pursue your current career path?    After a decade in conservation research, I decided I wanted to spend my day-to-day life involved in husbandry rather than data collection and... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, July 24, 2014

Meet a Keeper: Thomas Reid

How long have you worked at the Memphis Zoo? I have been working at the Memphis Zoo two years.   What is your educational background? I have a Bachelors of Science in Biology with minor in Anthropology from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.    What interested you to pursue your current career path? I have always wanted to work with animals. After wanting to be a marine biologist in the 6th grade then coming to the realization that I probably should learn... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, July 24, 2014