‘Why Zoos Matter’

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…

Principles of Eating Green: Eat Whole, Unprocessed Foods

Principles of Eating Green: Eat Whole, Unprocessed Foods

When we are eating green, we aren’t just eating for our own health, we are eating for the planet. The principles I have been working on developing are key to eating green because they meld the idea of healthy nutrition with conservation. 

30 Days of ZooFit: Day 22- Everyday is Earth Day

30 Days of ZooFit: Day 22- Everyday is Earth Day

There are few exciting holidays for zookeepers. Christmas and Thanksgiving are often spent with our fur/feather/scaled families because, guess what? Animals have to eat. Daily. It’s weird, I know. But such is life of a zookeeper. Know what holidays zookeepers DO get excited over? April 22. Earth Day. It’s not…

A Look Forward at the End of the Year

A Look Forward at the End of the Year

Note: I was away for the holidays and had incredibly limited access to WiFi, and no access to write posts.  Home again, home again, and I find I’m trying to play “Catch Up”.  This is my post from December 29, 2016. Coming to the end of what seems like a…

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 63: An Uncomfortable Position

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 63: An Uncomfortable Position

I have been researching many different organizations for volunteer opportunities trying to find a good fit for me.  I started even before we moved to Whidbey Island, starting with training for Beach Naturalist at Deception Pass and looking into the Orca Network.  Today, I went to Langley for my “training”…

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…