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Beastly Bogus #2
By: Stephanie Buckley, Animal Keeper

Here's your second dose of animal "Myth Busters" to shake up your world.  Remember, we are chock full of fascinating, fun, and sometimes totally useless animal facts where we will separate truth from tall tales.

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Operant Conditioning
By: Stephen Taylor, Animal Keeper I
30 Oct
2014
Operant Conditioning

Here at the Hattiesburg Zoo we train many of our animals to perform certain behaviors for the keepers. Though many of you all teach your pets at home how to perform ‘Tricks’, the behaviors the animals at the zoo learn aide in veterinary procedures and everyday health checks. The animal staff at the Hattiesburg Zoo use operant conditioning to train the animals.  

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Not All Animals Are Meant To Be Pets
By: Jeremy Cumpton, Animal Keeper
11 Oct
2014
Not All Animals Are Meant To Be Pets

While I do enjoy thinking that most people come to the Hattiesburg Zoo to see not only me but also my favorite creature, the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, I have sadly come to the realization that this is not always the case. Most people come to look at the amazing and beautiful animals that are here at the zoo.  

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Sexual Dimorphism
By: Hanna Miller, Zoo Keeper
27 Sep
2014
Sexual Dimorphism

Sexual dimorphism is defined as the difference in morphology, or shape, between the two different sexes of a species. Many animals also display differences in size, color, and extra structures. There are several reasons for this difference, which all help these animals survive and pass on their genes. 

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Animal Enrichment
By: Jenn Trevis, Animal Keeper
13 Sep
2014
Animal Enrichment

Have you ever walked by the Cotton-Top Tamarin exhibit and noticed them snuggled up in a basket of hay, or walked past the South American yard and noticed a log full of branches? These are just two different types of enrichment that some of our animals get every day. 

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Beastly Bogus #1
By: Stephanie Buckley, Animal Keeper
24 Aug
2014
Beastly Bogus #1

As keepers, it is not only our job, but our passion to learn as much as we can about animals. We are chock full of fascinating, fun, and sometimes totally useless animal facts. We are so focused on learning and the truth that we often forget about many widely excepted “false truths” about the animal world, until they are brought up to us by other people. Today, I’m going to rock your world! I’m going to give you 4 commonly known “facts” about animals, and separate the truth from the tall tale. 

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Summer Heat
By: Corissa Boaman, Animal Keeper
13 Aug
2014
Summer Heat

Summer is in full force here in Mississippi.  Not only does this mean it is hot for the people at the zoo, but for the animals as well.  Luckily, all of the animals here at the Hattiesburg Zoo can handle warmer climates.  That is why we don’t have any polar bears or snow leopards at the zoo, they would have a hard time handling this summer heat.  

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A Day As A Keeper
By: Corissa Boaman, Associate Keeper
24 Jun
2014
A Day As A Keeper

Ever wonder what exactly a day in the life of a zookeeper entails?  It is quite the busy day that’s for sure.  First thing when we all get to work, we have a quick ‘pre-meeting’ with our Animal Curator; the person that oversees care for the animals.  

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In Memory of Tigger
By: Stephanie Buckley, Associate Keeper
16 Jun
2014
In Memory of Tigger

This blog is in memoriam of Tigger, our Siberian tiger. She spent her entire seventeen years at the Hattiesburg zoo, and in her time here, she had a profound impact on so many people! The guests loved her, and the keepers love to see the guests’ affection for her, like the little girl who brings her toy tiger with her every time she comes to see her, and the family who brought flowers for her after they heard she passed. 

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Mississippi Alligators
By: Jeremy Cumpton, Associate Keeper

With the weather warming up everyone is getting their groove back, especially our American alligators! During the winter alligators will go through brumation, which is similar to hibernation but not as severe. During this time they rarely move out of the water. But now, these apex predators are becoming more and more active during the day, which means that feeding time is just around the corner and you will be able to start watching them munch down on some delicious delicacies such as raw chicken, YUM!

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