ZooFit Workout of the Day- 10/8/19: World Octopus Day

I don’t know if I mentioned this, but I have this awesome calendar I picked up from the AAZK conference. It’s from Peppermint Narwhal, and if you’ve never heard of it, you need to stop what you’re doing and check them out. Brian and Amy, the faces behind Peppermint Narwhal, are geniuses! The calendar has all the days of the year where an animal is celebrated. This is how I knew it was Hummingbird Day on Thursday, and how I discovered 10/8 is World Octopus Day. Read More “ZooFit Workout of the Day- 10/8/19: World Octopus Day”

Honoring Steve Irwin

He was one of the great conservationists of modern times. Bringing enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation to millions of people worldwide. We called him the Crocodile Hunter. But really he was the Crocodile Warrior.

It wasn’t just crocodiles. Steve Irwin loved all animals. The only thing he loved more than animals and his family was sharing his passion with the rest of the world.

He was a larger than life character, almost too good to be true. Thousands of children shared he inspired them to be zookeepers, and conservationists at heart.

When Steve died, doing what he loved, the world mourned. We had lost a conservation hero, but luckily his legacy lives on with his children, Bindi and Robert, who have taken up the mantle to inspire a new generation to learn, care, and act.

Today is Steve’s birthday. He would have been 57 years old, and I have no doubt, still sharing his excitement with the wonders of life and protecting the animals he adored.

To honor one of my favorite conservation heroes, I dedicated my first Conservation Hero WOD to Steve Irwin. It’s a Burpee Countdown, with burpees and 400 m run/row/elliptical/equivalent jump rope or shuttle sprints. When you finish, you’ll exclaim “CRIKEY!” but may even develop an appreciation for one of the most challenging exercises around.

  • 10 burpees, 400 m
  • 9 burpees, 400 m
  • 8 burpees, 400 m
  • 7 burpees, 400 m
  • 6 burpees, 400 m
  • 5 burpees, 400 m
  • 4 burpees, 400 m
  • 3 burpees, 400 m
  • 2 burpees, 400 m
  • 1 burpee, 400 m



Conservation Fitness Program Day 3- The Versatile Sweet Potato

If anyone tells you a vegetarian diet is not versatile enough to satisfy every taste, that person has never tried sweet potatoes. Not all that long ago, I used to think sweet potatoes were for Thanksgiving and that’s about it. But now, I think they are as limitless as pizza toppings. Read More “Conservation Fitness Program Day 3- The Versatile Sweet Potato”

20 Days of Eco-Wellness, Day 19: Find Your Tribe

I love going to conferences. Well, to be a little more specific, I love going to animal conferences. I like to say I’m a zookeeper in my heart, always and forever. I haven’t been in the zookeeping field for 3 years (has it really been that long?), but it’s a special community I feel I will never separate from completely. Read More “20 Days of Eco-Wellness, Day 19: Find Your Tribe”

30 Days of ZooFit: Conservation Hero WODs

Ah, Spring. Here in the Pacific Northwest, at last.

Well, for the moment. April on Whidbey Island is like a crapshoot. Today was absolutely gorgeous.  This weekend is supposed to be raining and dreary again.

Spring, to me, is where ZooFit thrives. ZooFit is very much about exploring and appreciating the outdoors, nature, and the environment. A favorite quote of mine from Baba Dioum says “we will conserve only what we love”. This is true, to me. The more time we go outside, the more we will love being outside. This leads us to caring about what happens to our sacred spaces, those spots we enjoy more than anything else. And what we love we will protect. Read More “30 Days of ZooFit: Conservation Hero WODs”