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Unique Cases call for Specialized Testing: Snake Endoscopy

In a recent blog, I shared one of our recent cases involving “Ruby,” one of our Magellanic Penguins who needed some specialized testing. Earlier this Summer, we turned to our friends at Blue Pearl for another case. This one involved a Milksnake who needed an endoscopy. 

ZOO VET CLASS ....for kids!!!

Summer time is an exciting time at the zoo. The animals are finally all back on exhibit after the long winter, the weather is nice, the sun is shining and Zoo Camp is up and running. The JBZ Education team offers a wide variety of opportunities for students of every age during the Summer. 

Unique Cases call for Specialized Testing - Penguin CT Scan

Medicine, both human and veterinary, have come so far over the centuries. Amazing technologies allow for advanced testing that was not available in the past. We are very fortunate at the zoo to have built partnerships with many colleagues to allow us to utilize some of these technologies when we need them.  While we are able to perform a great deal on site at the zoo hospital, specialized equipment is needed for some tests.




David's blog is accompanied by a video blog.  Find it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgkhm8LAcuY



John Ball Zoo’s penguin species is the Magellanic or Spheniscus magellanicus.  They are native to Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands in the southern hemisphere.   As wild birds they would begin breeding about September, but we keep our flock on a light cycle that mimics the northern hemisphere (particularly Grand Rapids) so ours begin breeding in March.  Females almost always lay 2 eggs,