On September 3, Lun Lun, a giant panda at Zoo Atlanta, gave birth to her second set of twins. We wanted to know what it was like to help care for the animals, so we asked a keeper for a few details. Jen Webb has been a Mammal Keeper in Zoo ...

 

Raising Panda Twins and more...



Raising Panda Twins

On September 3, Lun Lun, a giant panda at Zoo Atlanta, gave birth to her second set of twins. We wanted to know what it was like to help care for the animals, so we asked a keeper for a few details.

Jen Webb has been a Mammal Keeper in Zoo Atlanta’s Carnivore Department for over five years. A Georgia native from Fayette County, Webb says working at the major zoo in her home state is pretty awesome, and is lucky to work with pandas. “I’ve known my whole life I’d make a career working with wildlife, but I never knew in what capacity,” Webb said. “Truthfully, zookeeping wasn’t even on my radar until I took a Zoo Biology class (through Georgia State University) and completed an internship at Zoo Atlanta my senior year in college. I quickly fell in love with the field.“

Jen Webb - Panda keeper at Zoo Atlanta

Her wild job
I have a Bachelor of Science degree, as do virtually all professional zookeepers, in Biology from Clayton State University. Other keepers have majors in Zoology, Animal Behavior, Wildlife Management, Psychology, or other fields.

My responsibilities are vast, and the job isn’t always glamorous, but zookeeping combines my two loves in life: working with wildlife and teaching. As a zookeeper...

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Where Should You Go On Vacation?

Let’s face it; it’s time to finally take that summer vacation. Vacation hours are racking up, and you’re Googling travel destinations when you should be working. If you’re feeling the travel itch, it’s best to just give in and scratch it.

The world is your playground, but planning that perfect final summer vacation can be overwhelming. The U.S. is a big place to explore and every region has its differences — different food, different landscapes, different personalities, and different attractions.

Not sure what area of the country to explore next? Choose your own adventure and take the stress out of your search with the flowchart challenge. Tell us where you’re headed in the comments below!

Which City is Right For You

Now that you know which part of the country is right for you to visit for your vacation, make it an even more enjoyable experience by taking a CityPASS booklet with you. With CityPASS you'll save up to 50% on admission to famous attractions and get to skip most ticket lines. CityPASS ticket booklets are available in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay, and Toronto.

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A Seattle must-do is just a boat ride away

A Seattle must-do during the summer and early fall involves a short boat ride across the Puget Sound with Argosy Cruises Tillicum Excursion to Blake Island. Guests are treated to a traditionally prepared dinner, Northwest Native American storytelling, a live performance, and handcrafted art—all inside a cedar longhouse surrounded by lush forest and rocky beaches. From an infamously bold population of photogenic raccoons to knowing what to call the clothing worn by Native Americans, read on for more on this unique experience from a couple of insiders.

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The Insiders

Cameron Quinn and Christopher Frank are cruise directors for the Tillicum Excursion, each with a unique background well-suited for the job. Quinn was born and raised around the shores of the Salish Sea (the body of water that encompasses Puget Sound and two other straits, as well as their connecting channels and adjoining waters) He studied a combination of creative writing, music, theater and anthropology at Western Washington University.

“I feel a close kinship with the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and have worked for nearly a decade as an environmental and cultural educator in...

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7 Reasons to Visit New York City This Summer

When the hot summer rays hit New York City, endless summer entertainment opportunities both indoors and outdoors arise. Whether you’re a local looking to escape the skyscraper maze in exchange for some outdoor festivities, or a tourist seeking electric New York summer fun, there are plenty of things to do in New York City during the warm summer months. With a New York CityPASS booklet, you not only get to see the city's best attractions, but you get to see them at your own pace, which means more room for in-between free summer concerts and refreshing ice cream.

1. American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural HistoryAmerican Museum of Natural History

This wondrous museum makes for a memorable visit at any time of the year, filled with curious and awe-inspiring fossils, ceiling-high models of sea creatures, and the extraordinary story of human evolution. With world-class exhibits, spaces shows and films, there’s something for everyone.

For a taste of the great outdoors, check out the immersive cinematic experience of National Parks Adventure, filmed in more than 30 national parks across the country in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service. Robert Redford...

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A Chat With a Georgia Aquarium Dolphin Trainer

Graceful, athletic, intelligent, and full of personality, bottlenose dolphins have long fascinated humans. This spring, Georgia Aquarium launched an all-new At&T Dolphin Celebration that showcases dolphin behavior and their relationship with their trainers. Not just a show, it also incorporates important educational messages. To dive a little deeper, we talked to senior trainer at Georgia Aquarium, Andy Horn.

Dolphin Celebration at Georgia Aquarium

On the relationship created between dolphin and trainer: Building relationships with the dolphins is probably the most rewarding part of our job. Many hours of interaction are spent with each one of our dolphins, learning about their strengths and likes, to help us form a relationship with them built on trust. It is a humbling experience to form relationships with these incredible animals.

Dolphin and Trainer at Georgia Aquarium

On becoming a trainer: My first opportunity to work with dolphins came during an internship at an accredited aquarium after college. I was interested in cognitive research with dolphins. Once I learned about how much we can learn from the dolphins by teaching them behaviors, and how integral the training process is to providing the dolphins an enriching environment and world class care, I...

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