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A BRIEF HISTORY | Hudson was ...
A BRIEF HISTORY | Hudson was orphaned as an infant and found in June 2015 walking alone in Eugene, Oregon, which runs along the Middle Fork Willamette River, according to Mike McClure, the Maryland Zoo's general curator.
The otter received treatment and care at the Chintimini Wildlife Center before being moved to the Oregon Zoo when he was about three months old or just shy of.
He was hand-reared before being introduced to other otters.
In March, Hudson moved across the country, joining the Maryland Zoo and undergoing a 30-day quarantine period.
And then, that's when Hudson met Piper, the young female otter who arrived earlier this year.
"Piper enjoys chasing Hudson and they are really interesting to watch together," says McClure
"They are both exploring every aspect of the stream habitat and seem to especially like popping out of the hollow tree trunk near the first viewing window to surprise guests."
staff says Hudson has a broader face with browner coloring on his
chin while Piper has a thinner, sleeker face with gray coloring around the chin.
"Piper also tends to be more active and a bit hyper, while Hudson is more relaxed in temperament," says McClure
adds, "all otters get excited if the mood hits them."
In the final hour of the ...
In the final hour of the show C4 talked about the death of a Silver Back Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo after a four year old climbed into the exhibit. during the start of the discussion C4 was joined by the Maryland Zoo's Mike McClure to talk about the procedures and plans zoos make in situations of animal and human interaction.
Maryland Zoo Welcomes New Warthog Piglets | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
"The piglets have been nursing regularly and Kumari is doing all the right things with her new babies," commented Mike McClure, the Zoo's general curator.
"Our new babies won't be on exhibit for a few weeks, so we can ensure they have properly bonded with Mom and that the exhibit is baby-proofed for their safety," said McClure
"We are very happy to welcome ...
"We are very happy to welcome these two cheetah to the Zoo," said Mike McClure, general curator at the Zoo.
"With the recent passing of Alix, we missed working with these amazing cats."
The cheetah sisters arrived late in the evening of July 23 and will be quarantined while on exhibit.
"As standard protocol we normally quarantine animals at the Zoo
hospital for the first 30 days after their arrival," continued McClure
"North American zoos that have cheetah, including us, work cooperatively on research and conservation on behalf of these cats," said McClure
"While we were waiting for the cheetah to arrive, the Animal Department exhibits team developed some enhancements for their habitat," stated McClure
"They designed and sculpted a hot rock similar to the one we have for lions.
It will have a heating element in it to allow for a nice warm vantage point for the cats to lie on in the cooler months and it will provide a great view of them from the window for guests.
The team also built a stone cave that will provide additional shelter, as well as situating various tree trunks for climbing from trees that have fallen around zoo grounds.
"We are lucky to have such talented and creative people on staff who not only know what will work for each species, but who can also make it happen," said McClure
"We are really looking forward to having Tuli and Teep here at the Zoo
and continuing our conservation and education efforts on behalf of cheetah in the wild."
The Zoo's General Curator and ...
The Zoo's General Curator and resident elephant expert, Mike McClure, recently travelled to Mexico where he was invited to speak at a conference of Latin American Zoo professionals.
Mike currently teaches a class in Principles of Elephant Management for elephant keepers who are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
It's his knowledge of these complex creatures and his experience working so closely with them that led to an opportunity to teach what he's learned about elephant management.
His travels also included lots of learning.
In this edition of Off Exhibit, find out what he discovered on his trip to Zoo de Leon and how the effort to care for elephants and protect their species is becoming more global than ever.