July 31 is the birthday of Harry Potter. To celebrate my favorite fandom of all time, I decided to create a Zoo-notable on a school textbook from the Wizarding World– Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Merely mentioned in the Harry Potter series early on, J.K. Rowling wrote a version as a fundraiser for Comic Relief. The fictional author, Newt Scamander, is a wizard after my own heart. As a magizoologist, someone who studies magical creatures, Newt traveled the world to create his complete volume on creatures from the wizarding world.
Looking at those animals I realized that none of them would even exist if human beings hadn’t bred them into being. And ever since that moment I’ve believed that we brought these animals here, so we’re responsible for them. We owe them a decent life and decent death, and their lives should be as low-stress as possible.
Temple Grandin ~ Animals in Translation
One of the most incredible experiences of my career was the chance to work with elephants at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. To build a unique and special relationship with such an enormous creature that could easily have crushed me as much as look at me, was, in a word, awesome. Read More “Consistency and Patience- Watoto’s Rumble”