My birthday today.
It was a good night last night but I woke up this morning with that 'never
again' feeling. Then the other feeling came upon me…just how did I get this
far along life's journey? When I really think about it has
been mostly good. I continue to learn every day but one thing I am very sure
of….these are best days of my life. I would not go back one , ten, twenty or
thirty years if the wish was granted me. I would also turn down any offer of
eternal youth. My life, all our lives is about the here and now. I'm living
not the best birthday present of my life it comes pretty close. The Penguin
Team from Ski Dubai got 1st place in Research Advancements at IMATA in the
Bahamas. I am so proud of the whole team. That is those here now and those who
have come before. They all played their part in making our Penguins the
happiest and most enriched on the planet. In spite of our huge achievements
these past few years I truly believe we have only scratched the surface of what
we can learn. Special mention must be made of Anna Svensson who gave the
presentation, pulled it together and did so much work on her special project.
We feel proud of her, Sweden should too.
Delighted to see
that some zoos have banned the use of plastic bags and following on from that,
bottled water. This is another huge step in the right direction. If all would
now follow on and stop using any product which uses unsustainable Palm Oil in
its production. We in zoos really can make a difference to the world. Not just
in the conservation of animals but in the conservation of other things too. We
need to think about our children and our children's children.
I remarked on
Facebook about the article I posted on Toronto Zoo's White lions was a step in
the right direction. How wrong I was. Every other newspaper mentioned 'rare' at
least twice. Very sad really. This global population of white lions is
unmanaged and is damaging in many ways. The bullshitters will have a lot to
answer for. It will take decades to put the situation to rights once again.
Saddened to learn of
the attempted suicide by the keeper in Thiruvananthapuram. Most in the West are
unaware of the huge frustrations experienced by zoo staff are lumbered with a
'daily wage' or 'casual employee' status. Many of these have worked in zoos for
ten, fifteen or more years and are experienced professionals but still looked
upon as 'shit shovellers' because of the nonsensical bureaucratic crap they
I remain committed
to the work of GOOD zoos,
not DYSFUNCTIONAL zoos.
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