President’s Day- D.C.

To commence my second day of my trip I had the opportunity to sit in on a cardiothoracic surgery (coarctation) at the museum of natural history. After viewing the resection of the narrow segment, I toured the museum.

Enjoyed seeing my favorite museum in DC today. So glad I got to save my @draperjames dress for the occasion! You can see a the pictures from the mammals and hope diamond exhibit on my blog today! #fashionblog #ootd

I got to view several different exhibits in the Smithsonian. My favorite since childhood has always been the mammal exhibit where they have the evolutionary paths of modern wildlife in each continent. I found it exciting to see the different zoological animals predecessors of what I’ll be working with in the future.

After venturing in the mammals exhibit I also got to witness the gems and minerals displays. The museum had a lovely collection for everyone to see. They also listed the organic compounds of each gem or mineral, so from an organic chemistry perspective it was neat.

Notably, a wonderful site in this exhibit was the Hope Diamond wich was in a rotating glass structure. Each angle the diamond turned, it showcased a different color. At certain angles it was a topaz yellow, dark blue, amethyst, and obsidian. All of this is due to the diamonds high clarity.

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After walking by the Department of Justice and National Archives my grandparents and I decided to tour the Old Clock Tower. The Clock Tower is the highest accessible point in Washington D.C. since the Pentagon no longer enables public access.

Once we navigated up the elevators to the top floor (12 stories) we were able to see the whole city. The hexagonal outline of D.C. was viewable as was each presidential monument. Likewise, the Pentagon and the White House were in sight range. However, due to snowy weather the view was a little foggy and not as precise as it normally is.

The Old Clock Tower museum is attached to the Trump Hotel and Towers so to celebrate  all our country’s presidents and respect the social liberties America has established we decided to stop in for some treats. My grandparents and I got  teas and rose. The Trump Towers were extraordinarily lovely with lavish interior decorating. The hotel was very scenic.

Hot Tea and Priorities! Having a great time wandering around my favorite DC museums in my @draperjames velvet dress and @sheinofficial hat! Shop the full look and read about my museum trips in today’s blog! #fashionblog

 

Animal Conservation

 

Since the Industrial Revolution in the 1800’s the exponential population boom in the 1900’s the worlds wildlife has been threatened. Many animals are facing extinction and increasing numbers are becoming endangered. To proctect all wildlife here are a list of ways everyone can contribute to helping animals and there ecosystems.

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  1. Assitst local or national wildlife associations
  2. Support Conservation Entreprenuers
  3. Support Anti-poaching legislature
  4. Utilize sustainable energy sources
  5. Promote globablized education
  6. Spread emails
  7. Share conservation efforts and stories
  8. Start a fundraiser
  9. Don’t engage in illegal exotic pet trade
  10. Support legislature against “bushmeat” or zoological animal meat trade
  11. Create a community project
  12. Volunteer with local wildlife shelters
  13. Read annual state or nation wildlife reports
  14. Attend awarness events
  15. Sponsor a species

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For more self education on conservation, animal legislature, and wildlife ecology be sure to check out WCN (https://wildnet.org/volunteer-opportunities) or GWC (https://www.globalwildlife.org/get-involved/).

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Wallabies

As a student studying zoological veterinary medicine I come across lots of marsupial animals. Last week I posted a bit about the Quokkas on Rottness Island. Australia, is filled with several types of marsupial animals. One of the most beloved are the Wallabies.

Wallabies like Quokkas and Kangaroos are apart of the macropod family. This means they are a marsupial animal that uses there hing legs and tail for balance and stability. There hind legs are often longer than there front and resort to hopping mobility.

Many people consider Wallabies to be “mini Kangaroos” and several consider them in the Kangaroo species. However, my professors disagree due to anatomical differences. Wallabies are visibly shorter. There body range is 40-112 cm from head to tail. Tail span ranges from 30- 80 cm. Likewise, there features are also “softer” since most wallabies are viewed as more delicate. They have longer eyelashes and more pointed noses. In addition they also have a higher metabolic rate due to expansion in the extensor ankle tendons. This enables high power kicks and impressive jump ranges.

Wallabies are like most there macropod family members and are sensitive. They like to be around positive and happy environments. Wallabies aren’t big on loud noises and don’t fare well in easily excited landscapes. They are native to the Australian terrain and outback. However due to there population numbers many are viewed as pest, much like there family members.

Since, I like to do rescue work I decided to list a few ways to help care for a Wallaby encase one is in need of care. There a few Wallaby rescues one can contact.  However, if one can’t reach a rescue this is a care protocol one should follow.

Health- Wallabies will need regular vaccinations. They are susceptible to many parasites and can become easily vitamin deficient. So, make sure to schedule biannual appointments with an exotic or zoological veterinarian to make sure health needs are necessary. If the vet requires additional appointments make sure to attend.

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Diet– Wallabies can eat alfalfa and grass. This is the main staple of their diet. If trying to lure a Wallaby or entice them into eating more food add carrots and dandelion leaves to the feed. As far as treats go Wallabies love carrots, broccoli, and bananas. They should only be given once a week since they aren’t a natural diet for a macropod.

Note; When eating Wallabies often regurgitate there food. This isn’t a sign of illness it is just a way they break down the roughage in there diet. It helps the protein content be digested smoothly.

If caring for a Wallaby joey one should have Wombaroo Milk Replacer. This is a special milk powder formula all marsupial animals should have under 24 months. It should be feed in a bottle.

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Housing– Wallabies are active animals that need space. If caring for one on your own make sure they have an outdoor space they can get at least four hours a day in. Likewise, there inside enclosure should be at least 6×6 feet. This ensures they can have proper room for mobility.

Since they are a marsupial animal you can take old bags and hang them in the room so they have a makeshift marsupial.  When inside the temperature needs to be above 50 degrees. They are partial to higher temperatures.

Note; Wallabies will often reveal symptoms of illness by liking there paws and coats. Normally, this would be a sign to take a marsupial animal to the vet, yet wallabies utilize it as a mechanism. This helps cool off there bodies from the preferred warmer temperatures.

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A list below are a few wildlife sanctuaries and rescues that will care for wallabies. If you cannot care for a wallaby properly or have questions about an endangered wallaby or macropod feel free to contact these resources.

  1. https://www.frontiergap.com/projects/12/Australia-Wallaby-Rescue
  2. https://www.wallabyranch.org/ranch.htm
  3. http://www.kangaloolawildlifeshelter.org.au/wallabies
  4. http://www.kangarookate.com/wallaby.htm
  5. http://wildcare.org.au/rescue-information/

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Quokkas

One of my classes required an observation of macropod marsupial animal. There are several through out Western Australia. Finding a marsupial animal to observe wouldn’t be hard. However I wanted to observe a macropod in its normal environment. Most of my classmates picked a type of wallaby or kangaroo. Since, I volunteer at a wildlife rescue I get to interact with the two species regularly so I wanted to branch out.

Notably, I thought of the quokkas which run among one of the islands in Perth. Quokkas are nick named the worlds happiest animals after several tourist posed with selfie with the critters on the island. The animals quickly adopted to being picture friendly and posing for the camera.

The cute small animals were friendly and happy. The cat size animal was adorable so I thought I would share my favorite photo I snapped of one of the cute little Quokkas.

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The island itself is Rottness Island. It  is known for being filled with Australia’s native wildlife. The Western Australian island has a diverse ecosystem making it a great day to explore. On top of the Quokkas venturing into the island makes a great day trip to see eagles, rocket parrot, bobtail lizard, fur seals, and dolphins.

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If you aren’t into all the animals like I am there are also plenty of activities on the island. There is 63 open beaches that make a perfect paradise. There is also a seaway trail and hiking trail to capture the beautiful scenery. On top of that there is museums filled with the islands history. Additionally, cinema to relax and unwind from the days heat. Likewise, a spa and other beautification units.

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