Wildlife Preservation

Early winter (most the worlds summer) is a great time to witness wildlife in Western Australia. The biodiversity in this Australian state ranges from emus to orcas. The most common during the season are the red kangaroo, striped possum, manta rays, emus, star finch, tree kangaroos, and green sea turtles.

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While encounters with these animals become common in the months of June, July, August, and September, it is good to note that they are still wild. Notably, wild animals hold an exotic allure that makes spotting them an exciting experience. However this doesn’t diminish the fact that they should be viewed at a distance.

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Giving a wild animal space, when it’s not injured, can help preserve its natural area. It enables the ecosystem to be maintained as a safe space for the animal. This practice prevents animals from migrating into populated areas and scavenging among cities. Thus, keeping humanized locations safe for the public.

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Respecting the space of wildlife is great for onlookers. People watching marsupial animals may be subjected to the ongoing zoonotic disease that has infected many kangaroos, wombats, and quokkas since December. Likewise other native wildlife can be carriers for the Herpes B virus, Lyme Disease, Rabies, Harvest Mites, Salmonella, Ebola, Ringworm,  and Monkeypox. Notably, many exotic animals also will bite or scratch when they get scared or feel threatened. To reduce the risk of disease or infection simply watch an animal from a distance. This helps both the viewer and the animal. Additionally, it helps preserve their ecosystem, allowing the animal to note it’s still there space.

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Notably, viewing from a distance is helpful for preservation. Yet, that doesn’t mean you aren’t suppose to watch animals an enjoy their presence. Sight seeing all the lovely wildlife can be an amazing experience everyone should get to do. Watching wildlife can promote awareness to conservation, education on species, and demote the need for exotic pet trade. There are several wildlife tours that keep a distance out of respect for wildlife if you are unsure how to go about preserving the animal’s environment.

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Wombat Mange Care

Wombats are an Australian native species. They are apart of the macropod family; a marsupial branch of species located in the vast country’s wildlife. Like other marsupial animals they have fallen ill recently.

The spread of this disease is  disastrous because it is targeting wombats. These macropods, particularly the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats,  are on conservation lists as endangered. As a vet student, a pillar I study under is sharing conservation methodology. Which is why I often write about God’s lovely creators on my blog.  Due to the endangerment of this species it is crucial to spread information on disease prevention and citizen residential support.

For most macropod animals vulnerability to the disease is much to blame for having weaker immune system. Unlike other macropods, wombat’s issues fall under the issue of mange. The mangy disease is attacking the small population of the 250 left in the wild.

Mange in basic jargon is when mites burrow into the skin. Thus evolving into itching, scabs, sores, and redness in the skin. Likewise, hair loss and crusty skin occur. After being infected with mange for a duration of a month the eyes and nose will crust over. An infection over a month will result in thicker scabbed skin resulting in death.

If a wombat is found by a resident and appears to exhibit these symptoms it is important to first enter the wombats information into WomSAT. Notably, WomSAT is an online citizen encounter report. After that information is logged be sure to contact an exotic veterinarian for care instructions or a local shelter.

If that isn’t available due to the location and vast outback of Australia take a holistic approach to healing the wombat. Utilize herbs and lotions that include valerian, aloe, chamomile, St John’s wort and kava. Particularly, bathing a wombat in aloe juice is the optimal choice. The aloe and chamomile offer a calming and anti-anxiety solution that doesn’t allow for disease progress and post care stress of the animal. Treatment should occur until the skin starts to heal. This can take a few months.

Wombats often suffer anxiety and stress. So, a normal treatment for mange will not work for wombats. These macropods will become stressed if given an antiparasitic steroid. Likewise, over the counter treatment for canine sarcoptic mange or didactic mange should not be applied. While, these medications might appeal to animal rehabilitators it can prevent the wombat’s immune system to warding off parasites in the future. In fact it makes them more susceptible to getting mange in the future.

Conservation of wombats, especially the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats, is much-needed. Aiding these marsupial animals in the wake of disease is crucial. Due to their weak immune system it is vital to care for wombats in a holistic way and log their information. Contacting a shelter or veterinarian is optimal in this situation. Future hope for all macropod animals in the Australian wildlife scenery lies within proper research.

Dog Park

Since I’m enjoying a few months on holiday break before semester two commences for my veterinary courses, I thought I’d spend some time with my dog . So, I decided to spend time with my favorite companion, Ollie my Australian Shepherd.

To make Ollie’s day I took him to a new dog park that opened up in the town my parents are staying. A little away from the main city part of Tampa I uncovered a recently opened dog park. The dog park backed up to a lovely residential golf course. The park was filled with running trails, grass areas, and friendly people. It was very tranquil and scenic.

Best of all my hyper active dog got to run around the endless acres with other herding breeds. Being that Ollie is an Australian Shepherd it was nice to see him be able to “herd” the other dogs in a safe environment. Whenever he’s on campus I have to make sure he doesn’t disrupt the patients or endanger himself from the zoo animals.

All in all it was great to spend some time in my dog’s new happy place.

List of Popular Australian Wildlife Centers

Recently, several of Australia’s wildlife creatures have been struggling with a virus.  The majority of the species that have been infected are those that belong to the macropod family. These animals are typically marsupial animals. The main species that have been targeted are the Red and Grey Kangaroo’s; particularly the joeys.

The virus’ origin is still a mystery. Symptoms started to appear in late December 2017.  It has picked up gain in February 2018. The recent spike has also moved over to Wallabies, as well. Several of the observed joeys in sanctuaries or rescues have been reported to show flu-like symptoms. On a more sever side the kangaroo’s often revealed signs of massive internal hemorrhaging. Yet, no disease or detected bacteria is indicating what the mystery virus is.

On top of this detrimental virus there is now an increase in wild animal shootings. Along with that, unauthorized euthanasia are also occurring. Many locals don’t know what do to with the sick animals. So, they often take matters into their own hands.

Due to the lack of knowledge many result to termination of the macropods. All of wich can further harm an animal instead of relieving their pain. Several joeys have survived so-called “death blows”. When found by another the proper termination of that animal didn’t occur so the joey was further injured.

To avoid further sufferings of these sick animals I’ve listed some steps and organizations for one to reach out to. So, I have listed popular wildlife centers in Australia that can help further assist if you see an injured or sick animal.

  1. WIRES– Wires is Australia’s largest wildlife organization. They have over 27 branches across the country and our continually seeking the betterment of the nation’s animals. They offer a rescue line, report, and app. All of which can be utilized to help save an animal. To support or contact this organization call:  +1-300- 094 -737.
  2. Wildcare Australia– Is a non-profit organization that specializes in the rehabilitation of the area’s natural wildlife. It is located in South-east Queensland and has 24 contact available. Wildcare Australia’s aim to release healthy animals back into the wild and educate the public. To support of contact this organization call: +1-075-5527-2444.
  3. Wildlife Rescue At Australia’s Zoos–  Another way to secure the safety of a young animal is to contact your local zoo for wildlife support. Several of the zoos have an animal rescue team with wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians attached to the program. To support or contact a rescue unit call:  +1-300-369-652.
  4. Darling Range Wildlife Shelter: Is a volunteer based rehabilitation shelter. They have a 24 hour hotline. The purpose is to release animals back into the wild after rehabilitation. To support or contact this organization call: +1-08-9394-0885.

Also more information about macropods can be found under the animals & travel sections of my blog.

Brunch

I was in Tampa for some travel checkpoints at the airport. So, I decided to get brunch after I completed my morning tasks.

Normally, when I’m in Tampa I frequent Hyde Park or Bayshore Boulevard. This area typically has neet restaurants,  up and coming food busses, and trendy stands. The center was fashioned to mimic the likes of Central Park and Fifth Avenue in New York. Due to the chic landscape and friendly people, I often consider it the only part of Florida I tolerate.

However, today I ventured away from the likeness of Sprinkles Cupcakes, Bar Taco, Four Green Fields to a more residential favorite. Datz is known in the area for its craft beers, specialty treats, and comfort foods. So, I opted to try it out for Brunch.

Luckily for me, it was an instant hit. The place had indie decorations; from wine chandeliers to fairy light bar stools. Outside they had several ecliptic sayings with food backgrounds.

Particularly, they had an adorable painting perfect for instagram photos. The wall was adorned with doughnuts, bacon, and cherries as cats were scattered across the wall. It was to cute not to pass taking a photo by, even though I wasn’t dressed for the occasion.

Datz, was a great little deli too. Besides the cute atmosphere the restaurant also had amazing food. They made delicious pancakes that were cooked into perfection. Similarly they had fluffy omelets and wonderful cheesy grits. It was an amazing try for brunch.

Wine Wall DIY

Growing up in southern California I am well accustomed to good wines. With wineries all around its easy for the delightful beverage to become an adored focus for household hosting and tasting.

Since my family are all red wine enthusiast, preferably  cCabernet Sauvignon and left bank Bordeaux, we decided to commemorate our love. In my family’s florida home we decided to build a wine wall. A wall filled with decorative wine crate labels.

A wine wall host all the casings of former wine bottles. We took the decorative labels of each crate that we’d ordered or brought home in the past. My family then collected around 250 of the crates for the wine wall. After we cut the casing down to the decorative side of the box or wooden crate. We then purchased support beams and filler wood pieces.

Next we placed the support beams around the door frames we wanted covered. We then nailed them. Following, that we then nailed each decorate side panel onto the wall with in the corresponding space from the beams. In the left over space we then nailed filler pieces of wood to cover the wall.

Once the wall was covered and nailed we then added furnishing accents to the wine wall. We bought wood stained in a hickory and steel grey colors to stain the wood. We then painted the filler pieces, lightly staining them. This clashed nicely with the different colored crates.

After the staining dried we then had a lovely custom wine wall. This wall is a great piece for welcoming guest into our family home.

 

Zoo Day! 2018

Yesterday I got to visit the National Zoo at the Smithsonian’s zoological Park. The zoo is alway a favorable place for myself. So I was overjoyed to visit another.

The zoo hosted free admission and was in a park format. All guest could access the Connecticut Avenue Park from many sites. So it was easily accessible and quick to navigate.The park was clean and not over run with tourist. Particularly, the grounds keepers were helpful and resourceful. The zoo was lovely.

Notably, zoo host natural flora and fauna. In the early mornings several deer and beavers can be see in the forest terrain that landscapes the zoo. The DC setting also brings in the majestic vines and cherry blossom trees.

Upon my arrival it was gloomy and raining. However the weather didn’t stop my enthusiasm and excitement to see the animals I will one day treat.

As an aspiring zoological surgeon I had to see the mammals first. I started with the famous pandas Ting Ting and Mieng. I then stopped by the research unit and spoke with keepers and veterinarian about behavioral patterns and there impacts on hormone cycling.

After I ventured my way over to the primates area and saw the “thinking” movement they had installed. The zoo’s foundation is productivity with their animals so they can stay engaged and prosper. This also helps with conservation movements on how to approach animals in natural terrain.

I then walked through the small mammals, aviary, and reptile units. I was pleased to see their dedication to the maintenance of wild turtles and their shell repair programs. Likewise, I also enjoyed reading about the newfound dietary habits of fennec foxes.

Likewise, I ended my trip with the big cats and elephant units. I saw the tigers and female pride. All the elephants were precious and social greeting everyone who walked by.

All in all it was a great trip!