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Chris Tabaka

Staff Veterinarian

Binder Park Zoo

HQ Phone:  (269) 979-1351

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Binder Park Zoo

7400 Division Drive

Battle Creek, Michigan,49014

United States

Company Description

Binder Park Zoo is located outside of Battle Creek, Michigan, on 433 acres of natural forests and wetlands. In the past 33 years, we have grown to be one of the leading cultural attractions in the region. Binder Park Zoo was created on the model of an entrepre...more

Background Information

Employment History

Veterinarian

Keep Michigan Wolves


Veterinarian

Memphis Zoo


Affiliations

World Chelonian Trust

Veterinary Advisor and Trustee


Editorial Review

Board Member


Turtle Survival Alliance

Founding Board Member


Freshwater Turtle Specialists Group

Member


IUCN Tortoise

Member


Aquarium Chelonian Taxon Advisory Group

Veterinary Advisor


Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Veterinary Advisor


Michigan State University

Adjunct Faculty Member


Education

DVM


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree

Michigan State University


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with honors degree

MSU


bachelors

biology

Michigan State University


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Chelonian Research Foundation » Previous CCB Editorial Board Members

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Chris Tabaka, Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA


Binder Park Zoo

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Binder Park Zoo presents a discussion on the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill with Dr. Chris Tabaka
December 8, 2010 Binder Park Zoo and Battle Creek Brigham Audubon are welcoming special guest speaker Dr. Chris Tabaka, turtle expert and Binder Park Zooââ'¬â"¢s Staff Veterinarian on Wednesday, December 8th at 7:00pm. This unique presentation will give guests a one-of-a-kind, behind the scenes, start to finish look into the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill and how it affected wildlife in our own backyards. A graduate of Michigan State University, Dr. Tabaka received a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree with honors from the college of veterinary medicine. He has been in the field of zoo medicine for sixteen years including working at the Toledo Zoo, Memphis Zoo, and Detroit Zoo. Since early 2007, he has worked as the Staff Veterinarian at Binder Park Zoo. Dr. Tabaka taught turtle and tortoise medicine and husbandry in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore as well as multiple forums throughout the United States. He is a founding board member for the World Chelonian Trust and the Turtle Survival Alliance. He is also a member of the international IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialists Group based in Switzerland. In addition, he operates as a veterinary advisor for the Association of Zoos and Aquarium Chelonian Taxon Advisory Group, lectures annually at Michigan State University, and is an adjunct faculty member in the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Tabaka has been the leading reptile and amphibian expert at the Wildlife Response Center in Marshall which was organized immediately following the oil spill. He has assisted in rehabilitating and releasing over 2000 reptiles and amphibians since the oil spill occurred during the summer of 2010 and is currently overseeing the medical care of almost 500 further animals.


Binder Park Zoo

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Binder Park Zoo presents a discussion on the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill with Dr. Chris Tabaka
December 8, 2010 Binder Park Zoo and Battle Creek Brigham Audubon are welcoming special guest speaker Dr. Chris Tabaka, turtle expert and Binder Park Zoo’s Staff Veterinarian on Wednesday, December 8th at 7:00pm. This unique presentation will give guests a one-of-a-kind, behind the scenes, start to finish look into the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill and how it affected wildlife in our own backyards. A graduate of Michigan State University, Dr. Tabaka received a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree with honors from the college of veterinary medicine. He has been in the field of zoo medicine for sixteen years including working at the Toledo Zoo, Memphis Zoo, and Detroit Zoo. Since early 2007, he has worked as the Staff Veterinarian at Binder Park Zoo. Dr. Tabaka taught turtle and tortoise medicine and husbandry in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore as well as multiple forums throughout the United States. He is a founding board member for the World Chelonian Trust and the Turtle Survival Alliance. He is also a member of the international IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialists Group based in Switzerland. In addition, he operates as a veterinary advisor for the Association of Zoos and Aquarium Chelonian Taxon Advisory Group, lectures annually at Michigan State University, and is an adjunct faculty member in the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Tabaka has been the leading reptile and amphibian expert at the Wildlife Response Center in Marshall which was organized immediately following the oil spill. He has assisted in rehabilitating and releasing over 2000 reptiles and amphibians since the oil spill occurred during the summer of 2010 and is currently overseeing the medical care of almost 500 further animals.


Herp News 28410

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Ian's wife Christine is also appealing for the public's help.
She said: 'We waited a few weeks because we hoped he might turn up but he hasn't. "It's just the way they're designed," Chris Tabaka, a veterinarian at Binder Park Zoo near Battle Creek, said at the rehab center set up by Enbridge Inc. "They've been through some things.


Herp News 34410

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Binder Park Zoo's staff veterinarian, Chris Tabaka, shared some of those uplifting, odds-defying stories of survival with more than 60 people who gathered Wednesday in Battle Creek to hear him speak.
Volunteers logged 6,500 hours helping more than 2,000 reptiles and amphibians that were pulled from the oil-tarnished water, treated and eventually released. Another 477 turtles remain in a care facility in Marshall and will be released in May, Tabaka said, noting that their hibernation schedule is being interrupted through the use of heat lamps and replication of summerlike conditions in their holding tanks. Dozens of overhead pictures featuring grim images of oil-soaked turtles, snakes, muskrats and waterfowl accompanied Tabaka's 50-minute presentation. He said it's too soon to gauge the impact the spill will have on the long-term health and reproduction of the affected creatures, but for now, he remains optimistic. "The good news is many of the turtles captured got free medical care," he said, showing pictures of turtles with gashes in their shells from boat propellers and other injuries. "The fact they've survived in spite of these injuries is nothing short of amazing." The largest turtle pulled from the river during rescue efforts was a 38-pound snapper that Tabaka estimated may have been 70 years old. The spill is responsible for fouling 31 miles of the Kalamazoo River as a result of a leak that seeped into the Talamadge Creek, near Marshall, then the river. The animal-rescue started almost immediately and united dozens of like-minded rescue organizations. Tabaka , whose expertise is turtles, estimated there were as many as 3,500 turtles whose habitat was in the affected area of the Kalamazoo River. The response and subsequent care of the affected wildlife has been documented, in case it is needed in the future. "We had no playbook to work off of … every day was literally a new day and we'd end up rewriting the book again the next day," Tabaka said. "The only one constant was that every day was a state of chaos." Tabaka said Enbridge deserves credit for covering the costs of all recovery and care measures. It took hundreds of cases of dish soap, as well as medicine and materials to help rehabilitate the reptiles and amphibians. The company supplied heat lamps and paid to heat the care center to summerlike temperatures comparable to July and August. Meanwhile, tracking devices have been placed on up to 1,800 animals that were rehabilitated after the spill. The devices will allow Tabaka and his peers to study the movement of a small portion of the turtle population in the Kalamazoo River. The tracking is especially important for the Blanding's turtle, which is close to being on the state's endangered species list, Tabaka said.


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