Back to business at Wildlife Images
There were never any details about the animals that had to be moved during the snow-related closure at Wildlife Images. Was curious about some more information, if possible.
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The Wildlife Images denizens that had to be moved because of a snowstorm and subsequent damage to the Josephine County facility included birds, bears and tortoises.
The storm knocked out power for thousands, including Wildlife Images, necessitating movement of several animals whose enclosures were at risk, or those that don’t do well in cold weather.
The birds in the facility’s netted eagle flight enclosure were among those that had to be moved, Wildlife Images Communications Director Erin Maxson said.
“With the heavy snow, it would fall,” Maxson said of the netting.
The birds that had to be moved included two sandhill cranes named Niles and Daphne, residents since about 1999. Two African sacred ibis also had to temporarily relocate. Their names are Pinocchio and Gepetto, though both birds are female. Onyx, a raven, joined them.
Two desert tortoises, named Agave and Thomas, were moved to the main lodge, the only building with power.
“We got really close to having to move a whole bunch of our small mammals and our small tortoises, but we were able to get a generator powerful enough to power our freezers and their indoor habitats on the far side of campus,” Maxson said. “So we really lucked out there.”
Kodi the brown bear has a den inside his nighttime enclosure — also called a “cube” — where he was housed for about 36 hours while facility crews made sure they could keep the heat on in his main living space. The cat residents were also confined to their overnight enclosures because of some damage to their area.
“There was literally a tree from the ground onto the fence,” Maxson said. “Brady the cougar could have just walked right up it and out of the facility.”
That cougar, we should mention, has been using many remaining chunks of fallen trees as scratching posts, Maxson said.
All the animals mentioned here have since been moved back to their original spots. Everything is back open, and guests have returned to the campus. Some downed trees and damaged fences remain, but all the enclosures are open, and the animals are out and about.
“It’s business as usual,” Maxson said. “We’re just kind of slowly cleaning up those debris piles and addressing the trees that are down but not in anybody’s way.”
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