Bandit (0.1 spectacled bear)

Bandit (0.1 spectacled bear) Andean Bears are called "oso negro" (black bear), "oso frontino" (spotted-face bear) & "yura matteo" (white-fronted bear). Reddish bears like Bandit are "juco rosado" (pink bear). But “ucumari” (bear with mystical power), best describes Bandit.

Painting of Bandit, by Sam Dolman, from a photo by Valerie Abbott.
08/01/2016

Painting of Bandit, by Sam Dolman, from a photo by Valerie Abbott.

Hard to believe it's been one year.
11/29/2011

Hard to believe it's been one year.

Large Bear Enclosure Workshop (IBA 2011, Ottawa)
09/17/2010
Large Bear Enclosure Workshop (IBA 2011, Ottawa)

Large Bear Enclosure Workshop (IBA 2011, Ottawa)

Inaugural Workshop: Large Bear Enclosure Working Group (IBA 2011; Summer; Ottawa)   The Large Bear Enclosure Working Group evolved out of discussion concerning an emerging trend among the designers and managers of bear sanctuaries in Eurasia. More and more facilities are built us

Animals Asia Foundation Seeking A Bear Manager
06/08/2010
Animals Asia Foundation Seeking A Bear Manager

Animals Asia Foundation Seeking A Bear Manager

HR Department From Animals Asia Requested I Post This: Bear Manager Required: Highly motivated and experienced animal professionals are required to work with rescued Asiatic Black Bears at our China Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China or Vietnam Bear Rescue Cen

B.E.A.R.S. of Alaska Institute at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
06/01/2010
B.E.A.R.S. of Alaska Institute at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

B.E.A.R.S. of Alaska Institute at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 As the newest team member to join  B.E.A.R.S. of Alaska at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) or what I will propose that we consider promoting as the B.E.A.R.S. of Alaska Institute at the  Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) , I feel most

“Bears on the Air” Radio
05/28/2010
“Bears on the Air” Radio

“Bears on the Air” Radio

According to the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), bears are the most popular exhibit animals displayed in their accredited zoological parks (North America). These facilities are noted for their conservation, education, and research efforts, including cooperative breeding pr

‘Zoophilia’ or ‘Philotheria’
05/22/2010
‘Zoophilia’ or ‘Philotheria’

‘Zoophilia’ or ‘Philotheria’

It goes with out saying that if you work in a zoo you are most inclined to be an ‘animal person.’ But, a gift from a zoo the other day, a publication of the institution’s history, reminded me of something that is not neccesarrily an important distinction, but it might reflect a c

Case-Based Vs. Traditional Veterinary Programs
05/22/2010
Case-Based Vs. Traditional Veterinary Programs

Case-Based Vs. Traditional Veterinary Programs

After presenting a talk on conservation health and pharmazooticals at Connecticut’s only accredited zoo, the Beardsley Zoo (the second largest zoo on the East Coast behind the Bronx Zoo at one point), I fielded some questions. One young lady asked what I liked most about vet scho

Eleven Amazing Animals that will Improve Your Health
05/16/2010
Eleven Amazing Animals that will Improve Your Health

Eleven Amazing Animals that will Improve Your Health

•Eleven Amazing Animals that will Improve Your Health This hyperlink is included in a talk I am giving to a zoo on Weds. It’s relevant to the section on Pharmazooticals. Keep in mind that most animal products discussed are synthesized, but the perception of exploiting warm and fu

Learning Curve N’ Things
05/15/2010
Learning Curve N’ Things

Learning Curve N’ Things

In our last live episode of Zoo Talkin’ Radio, Nolan Harvey & I explained some concepts of training and described experiences working in the proximity of captive wildlife to Sandra Dee. Nolan shared some experiences working with marine mammals and elephants, among other species i

Aquarium in Cleveland?
05/14/2010
Aquarium in Cleveland?

Aquarium in Cleveland?

It may not be the hottest destination in the world right now, but it soon may be the wettest. Among several projects I’m working on from bears, to tuskers (elephants), to zoo blogs, I recently joined friends from a zoo near Cleveland, Ohio as they tackle an ambitious project for

Video Blogging Tips for Zoo Peeps from Sandra Dee
05/11/2010
Video Blogging Tips for Zoo Peeps from Sandra Dee

Video Blogging Tips for Zoo Peeps from Sandra Dee

Prefaced by Jordan: “Sandra shared the following article with me this morning. It is posted on her own blog which caters to a broad audience of people interested in developing more sophisticated media savvy and a professional “on air ” presence. As we talked with Nolan Harvey las

Jumping Hosts
05/10/2010
Jumping Hosts

Jumping Hosts

I don’t know how impressive my latest  Powerpoint presentation will be, but the slides are pretty and that’s what matters in the end. One of the the topics I address is the host jumping among pathogens and particularly those that have selected to jump from obscure wildlife to hum

Seeking Your Bears’ Facebook Profiles………
05/09/2010
Seeking Your Bears’ Facebook Profiles………

Seeking Your Bears’ Facebook Profiles………

Since bears are officially the most popular exhibit animals in zoological parks, I think that there must be more FB profiles of bears out there than the five I’m aware of. There must be well over a hundred captive apes that have facebook profiles…..

Disabled Animal Husbandry Professionals: Making Dreams Come True!
05/08/2010
Disabled Animal Husbandry Professionals: Making Dreams Come True!

Disabled Animal Husbandry Professionals: Making Dreams Come True!

I wasn’t going to post my reply to the inquiry about disabled animal care professionals on a popular zoo professionals’ mailing list, but the person who followed my response alluded to something that makes for a stronger argument than what I provided in my contribution to the thr

To Treat or Not To Treat, So Help Me God/Spirit?
05/06/2010
To Treat or Not To Treat, So Help Me God/Spirit?

To Treat or Not To Treat, So Help Me God/Spirit?

While home today preparing a presentation for a zoo’s summer lecture series on conservation health, I couldn’t help but think of the thread that unraveled on the Zoo Peep’s page yesterday.  Someone had requested that I post a request for fans to take a moment and collect

Doin’ Time on My Line at the Zoo!!!
05/01/2010
Doin’ Time on My Line at the Zoo!!!

Doin’ Time on My Line at the Zoo!!!

Inmates & Animals (From the Peer Review Literature); From anecdotal experience provided by ZKE (Below) It’s not always easy to come up with something new as I try to think of possible topics that may be of interest to my zoo peeps.  I was watching CNN and a segment on the rehabil

Content Transferred (chance to add your bear links)
04/18/2010
Content Transferred (chance to add your bear links)

Content Transferred (chance to add your bear links)

I just transferred all of the content from the old site to this new Bear Keepers’ Forum site.  The links need to be checked and updated and the fonts, photos etc. need to be adjusted and/or added. General reorganization of the site is underway.  This is your opportunity to share

Some more photos of Rosalita at Philly
03/11/2010

Some more photos of Rosalita at Philly

Some more photos of Rosalita at Philly

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