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The Rossifari Podcast brings my love of zoos, aquariums, rescues, and rehab facilities to you! Each episode features an interview with someone who works at one of these facilities. We talk about different species, individual animals, conservation efforts, nutrition...all kinds of stuff. This is a podcast suitable for all ages, but we will discuss topics like mating behaviors and euthanasia. If you're a fan of zoos, or have ever wondered what exactly a zookeeper does, how aquariums manage to ...
 
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Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss a huge breaking story out of New Jersey concerning a zoo that was supposed to be closed down, and now may not be, an update on the Columbus Zoo AZA accreditation decision, and more! In Conservation News, we're talking about a huge initiativ…
 
Today, the Safari heads back to Knoxville, TN, to visit with Phil Colclough, the Director of Animal Care, Conservation, and Education at Zoo Knoxville! You'll learn all kinds of stuff, from cool facts about snakes, to how a new exhibit goes from dream to reality, to how to pronounce "Colclough!" This episode features a heavy does of reptile stories…
 
Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss the America the Beautiful Initiative, zoo lights, the lion queen of the Bronx Zoo, and much more! In Conservation News, we're talking about right whales, sharks, red pandas, and a special guest deep dive on emperor penguins with Katie Propp…
 
Today, the Safari heads to Massachusetts to visit The EcoTarium and sit down with former (and now current) guest Kelsey Castrogiovanni! Kelsey recently became the lead keeper at the EcoTarium, and the story of her decision to leave a beloved institution to help grow her career is incredibly interesting. On top of that, we talk about some amazing an…
 
Today we take a departure from our normal Zoo New (Zews) format to bring you a deep dive on four sad stories that happened this last week in the world of zoos, aquariums, and conservation. We skip a lot of the fun and the goofy songs to do a deep dive into the passing of Winter the dolphin and three snow leopards at the Lincoln Children's Zoo. We a…
 
Today, the Safari stays at Beardsley Zoo to talk to Lindsay Carubia, an animal care specialist who takes care of the red pandas at the zoo (amongst other animals, probably). We talk all about Lindsay's career, and learn all about the adorable duo of pandas at the zoo. Lindsay also talks at great length about a non-charismatic species she is incredi…
 
Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss the latest Covid news at zoos, an important new behavioral consultancy company, some sad passings, and much more! In Conservation News, we're talking about sea turtles, right whales, and the climate change conference! Other News features a …
 
Today, the Safari heads back to Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut to talk to former guest JT Warner about the new anteater baby at the zoo, and the parents who have lived there for a while now! You'll learn all about this incredible species and the amazing individuals at the zoo, and as a bonus, you'll get to listen to my first interview with JT from ea…
 
Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss the latest Covid news at zoos, two awesome grants going to the Cincinnati Zoo, the hatching of a cool turtle, a bunch of aquarium news, and much more! In Conservation News, we're talking red-tailed hawks, ape conservation, a brand new moth,…
 
Today, the Safari heads back to Queeche, VT, to the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences, better know as VINS! You first heard of this facility (and today's two guests) on episode 17 of the podcast, and now Grae O'Toole and Anna Morris are back to update us on all the new stuff happening at VINS, talk about raptor rehab and bird conservation, shar…
 
Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss the latest Covid news at zoos, the closing of a zoo that needed to be closed, an app that might help you enjoy zoos more, and much more! In Conservation News, we're talking rhinos, amazing strides being made in California, and some and inte…
 
Today, the Safari bids farewell to one of the oldest red pandas in the country, Yukiko, who lived at Woodland Park Zoo. Yukiko is one of those pandas who had a legitimate impact on multiple lives without ever realizing it...and today, you'll get to hear some of those stories. From my personal experience with Yukiko, to the thoughts of one of the ke…
 
Today, the Safari starts our trek through some awesome facilities in the New England region that I recorded while playing at Northern Stage in Vermont! We start with Betsey Brewer-Bethel of Southwick's Zoo, a ZAA-accredited zoo in Mendon, MA. Listeners of the pod will recognize the name from my interviews with Dani Poirier-Larson and Emily Begué, b…
 
Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (obviously), some stories out of Cincinnati, and much more! In Conservation News, we're talking animals out of fever dreams, a lot of cool evolutionary stuff, and more! Other News features a statue that has me v…
 
Today, the Safari finishes its time in Florida by visiting with the Director and founder of the South East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction and Conservation (SEZARC), Dr. Linda Penfold! We talk about the amazing and unique work this organization is doing to further the scientific understanding of animals in captivity, and how that work impacts wild an…
 
Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss some zoo Covid updates, a few amazing stories out of Zoo Atlanta, how a zoo electrician saved some baby turtles, and much more! In Conservation News, we talk about a battle brewing in the conservation and training world, follow up our John …
 
Today, the Safari sits down with Dr. Lindsay Mahovetz of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to talk about the amazing research work she is doing with the primates at the zoo. We go into details about the APEX machine she is using for cognitive behavioral studies, and I even get to try the machine myself! You'll also learn about many of the amazing pr…
 
Today's episode of Rossifari Zoo News is ALL about the story that broke earlier this week about the Columbus Zoo losing its AZA accreditation. In reading multiple articles and speaking directly to many sources including current and former staff members of the zoo, I have compiled what I believe to be the most accurate description of what occurred a…
 
Today, the Safari sits down in the studio apartment of one Taylor Gray - actor, musician, producer, music director, and the voice and many of the instruments you hear in the various musical interludes of this podcast! I constantly get messages from people asking about the music that Taylor and I make for this podcast, and today, you'll get those qu…
 
Today, the Safari visits another incredible conservation and science organization in Sarasota, where I was gigging at the time, the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program! I talk to Katie McHugh, a staff scientist at SDRP who talks about all kinds of cool dolphin research, and about the wild dolphins that call Sarasota home! You'll learn a ton about dol…
 
Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss enrichment day, some history at the Maryland Zoo, an update on the cats with Covid at the National Zoo, an adorable story from the Detroit Zoo, and so much more! In Conservation News, we talk about red pandas, John Oliver, a cell phone, the…
 
Today, the Safari heads to the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida, to talk to Keith Winston, the Director of the zoo! This is a free-wheeling conversation that feels more like two people chatting than a true interview, and is a lot of fun! You'll get to hear stories about armadillos, goats, manatees, sea turtles, emus, ostriches, and many more anima…
 
Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss some amazing conservation successes achieved by zoos, a zoo where all of the big cats are Covid positive, the loss of an amazing snow leopard, a cool auction for you to check out, and so much more! In Conservation News, we talk about red pa…
 
Today, the Safari takes an old dirt road to an incredible facility, the Mote Aquaculture Research Park, to explore the new International Coral Gene Bank there! You'll learn all about what coral is (it's an animal, I swear), the dangers facing this amazing group of creatures, and what is being done to preserve them! This is an episode unlike any you…
 
To celebrate International Red Panda Day 2021, I'm going back into the archives to give you not one, but TWO red-panda centric interviews from last season! First you'll hear from Danica Wolfe, a former keeper at Zoo Atlanta who talks about the last red panda she worked with there, Idgie, the queen of the zoo! Then you'll hear from Terrance Fleming,…
 
Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss exciting zoo-based conservation stories out of the Fort Worth Zoo and Roger Williams Park Zoo; discuss health advancements and issues at the Oklahoma City Zoo, ABQ Biopark, and the Kansas City Zoo; and so much more! In Conservation News, we…
 
Today, the Safari heads to the Central Florida Zoo for not one, but two interviews! We talk with Stephanie Williams, the director of the zoo, about her varied and interesting career path, and what it means to be the director of a zoo. We then talk to Chris Torge, senior hoofstock keeper, about some of the amazing animals found at the zoo! Two poop …
 
Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss the new hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo, a birth of a joey of one of my favorite species, how QR codes can help zoo signage, and more! In Conservation News, we hear about platypus reintroductions, male elephant twins, and more!! And Other News …
 
Today, the Safari resumes our trek through Florida with another stop at Mote Marine Lab! This episode is releasing on International Manatee Day, so I figured it would be the perfect time to learn about manatees from some real experts. And we really get into it! From basic facts, to amazing husbandry, to fart jokes (that are relevant to the discussi…
 
Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss the amazing work done by zoos in the path of Hurricane Ida, a BUNCH of important zoo pregnancies and births, and a tale of the Bronx Zoo helping out a cougar! In Conservation News, we hear from Katie Propp, and learn about bears and sharks!…
 
Today, the Safari stays at the Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School in NY to talk to two other guests about this amazing school featuring a zoo that is mostly staffed by high school students! We talk to a former Zooie, Tiffany Hatfield, and the director of the zoo, Dr. Alan Tousignant! This is the second of a two part series from the Trevor Zoo, so make …
 
Today, the Safari takes a break from our Florida days to bring you the first of two episodes from the Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School, the ONLY AZA accredited zoo found at a high school! And, on top of that, we spend a LOT of time talking about the red pandas at the zoo, both current and former! We also talk about the otters and many other adorable …
 
Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss a cool grant received by the Akron Zoo, a ridiculous tale of social media and the Memphis Zoo, a couple very important births, the story I have had sent to me the most times since starting Zews, and more! In Conservation News, we talk about…
 
Today, the Safari continues spending time in Florida, as I head to Gainesville to introduce you to the only teaching zoo in the United States that is accredited by the AZA! Jonathan Miot is the director of the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo, which is NOT in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as I used to think, but was only about 2.5 hours away from my gig in Sarasota! …
 
Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss a some cool news out of Oregon, a fight at a zoo, the Delta variant and it's effect on captive populations, and more! In Conservation News, we talk about a new species of marmoset, an amazing rescue and release effort by Turtle Survival All…
 
Today, the Safari heads out into the field to bring you an interview featuring conservation in action! We go out into the field with senior biologist and conservation manager Melissa Bernahard to find and document a sea turtle nest! You'll learn all about this amazing species, and what incredible work is being done to help save them from extinction…
 
Zoo News is back with a roundup of the news from the worlds of zoos and conservation! In Zoo News, we discuss a baby giraffe, baby red pandas, THREE stories from the Toronto Zoo, and more! In Conservation News, we talk about the current state of the climate, learn about a newly discovered species of jelly, explore the concept of rewilding, and more…
 
Today, the Safari heads to Naples, Florida, to visit the incredible zoo there. We talk to Elizabeth Johnson, Supervisor of Carnivores about some of the amazing and unique species at the zoo, including fossa, a striped hyena, clouded leopards, and honey badgers! You'll even get to come hang out with the honey badgers after the interview! Then, stay …
 
Dateline: August 6, 2021: Rossifari Zoo News is back for Season 2 with zoo and conservation news stories for you! Zoo News topics include cool news out of Mote Marine Lab, advances at the Cincinnati Zoo, and more! Conservation News takes a look at the Kratt Brothers, the new IUCN Green Status, North Pacific Right whales, and more! Other News talks …
 
Today, the Safari continues our times hanging out in Florida by visiting the Lemur Conservation Foundation! We talk about this incredible conservation organization, sitting down with Caitlin, the curator of primates, and Lauren, the senior keeper at the reserve. That's right, y'all! Along with doing research and conservation work for lemurs, there …
 
Back in December, I brought you an interview with Paul Reinhart of the Cincinnati Zoo. We did our interview IN the panda exhibit, talking about the whole amazing family there. Well, that family has grown, unexpectedly, this month! I start this episode by bringing you that news story, and then bring back that interview for those that may have missed…
 
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