Animals

20 Days of Eco-Wellness, Day 17: A Day at the Zoo

20 Days of Eco-Wellness, Day 17: A Day at the Zoo

I am obviously a huge supporter of zoos. I’m even a huge supporter of people going to the zoo strictly for entertainment reasons. I honestly don’t care if you visit the zoo to gawk at animals and conservation is the last thought in your head. Know why? Because it doesn’t…

20 Days of Eco-Wellness, Day 10: Save a Life with Cuddle Therapy

20 Days of Eco-Wellness, Day 10: Save a Life with Cuddle Therapy

Yesterday I talked about other animals which are good Cuddle Therapists. Rabbits, horses, and other domesticated animals have the potential to be very therapeutic, relieving stress and releasing oxytocin. This led me to think about a big issue which is becoming more and more prominent in today’s world.

Clicker Worthy Moments from Clicker Expo, Part II

Clicker Worthy Moments from Clicker Expo, Part II

When I first came home from the Clicker Expo last month, I complained that I didn’t get out of it as much as I would have liked.  Looking back on my notes, however, I think I may have spoke too soon.  There were quite a few presentations and speakers that,…

Special Series- Why Zoos Matter: A Slippery Slope

In 2013, a movie masquerading as a documentary premiered that would change many people’s lives.  The film “Blackfish” changed the way many folks saw SeaWorld and the keeping of orcas in captivity.  After fighting organizations with millions of donated dollars at their disposal (you didn’t actually think the money donated…

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 45: EarthFit at the Zoo

I have personal feelings about the Oregon Zoo, I’m a little jilted if I can be honest.  But putting personal frustrations aside, I love the zoo.  I think a great amount of conservation and education happens at the zoo, and it’s where I was inspired to create EarthFit, so this…

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 26: Healthy Family

I have a confession to make that is truly truly the unhealthiest and non-sustainable practice I have right now.  Right now, because I’m unemployed, I do not have health insurance.  This post isn’t to welcome an influx of criticisms or advice that I’m sure is to follow anyways, but to…

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 23: Books and Owls

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 23: Books and Owls

While I tend to focus a great deal on physical fitness in my writings, I realize the importance of relaxation, mental fitness, and enrichment.  So, it was a great day to get all three with a focus on books, nature, and one of my favorite animals on the refuge, great…

Letter to Animal Rights

I recognize that debating with the animal rights agenda is incredibly frustrating, for both sides. I often wish I could wave a magic wand and instantly have the anti-zoo folks see things from my point of view, and that I could see things from theirs. It does seem to me…

100 Ways of Fitness Day 11: Palm Oil Talk

Today I did our Keeper Chat at the zoo.  I had asked to do this talk because I felt for one of the first times, I had an angle that could hook folks into listening and acting. Here was my spiel: Blah blah blah about the elephants.  They receive phenomenal…