You may have noticed a dearth of Zooillogix posts over the last two weeks. This is due in large part to Benny buying a bar, and me buying a puppy. They are the same amount of work. Well I aim to make it up to you today and already I have forced myself out of bed at 5:00 AM and boarded a train to Milwaukee to spend the day covering the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Annual Conference.
I’ll do my best to make the posts real-time but this might not always be possible, as is the case at the moment, sitting on the train, surrounded by loudly snoring sales guys. They probably think I’m a sales guy too because, frankly, my hair looks awesome this morning.
While this conference includes a number of technical meetings concerning population management and care of individual species like the Micronesian Kingfisher and Tree Kangaroo, my coverage will focus on the more general challenges being addressed. These include conservation education, public perception, fundraising, marketing and the laundry list of government regulations zoos and aquariums operate within. Ever try to buy a beluga whale? Not easy!