Moluccan Cockatoo

Moluccan Cockatoo Cacatua moluccensis Order: Psittaciformes Family: Cacatuidae Overview With regard to their availability and suitability as ambassador animals: Contact the Parrot TAG for availability of cockatoos through AZA facilities. Cockatoos do not need to be hand-reared from hatch to make good ambassador birds, in fact, allowing birds to remain with their parents until weaned…

Chilean Rose Tarantula

Chilean Rose Tarantula Latin Name Grammostola rosea    Order: Araneae     Family:  Overview The Chilean rose-haired tarantula is the hardiest of tarantulas and is easy to find in human care and is one of the most common found in ambassador animal situations. Although it has a reputation for being docile (calm), it varies in temperment…

Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab Latin Name Coenobita spp. Order: Decapoda Family: Note relevant information about latin name, close relatives, etc. Overview They are a nice way to be able to draw correlations to ocean invertebrates, since we don’t have any fish or other ocean or purely aquatic species in our collection. Easy to handle and not hard…

Leopard Gecko

Eublepharis macularius Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements 10- to 20-gallon size habitat can house one or two leopard geckos from hatchling to adult size. Leopard geckos actually have a “bathroom” in one corner of their cages, and that area can be spot-cleaned without disrupting the entire system. Substrate Newspaper, pea gravel, artificial turf, flat stones…

Domestic Cat

Felis catus Order: Carnivora Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Carnivore Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Programmatic Information Tips on Presentation Tips on Handling Hamill Family Play Zoo, Brookfield Zoo: our cats have been trained to wear a harness and leash when out to meet guests. Potential Messaging Hamill Family Play Zoo, Brookfield…