2018 Poster Session Presenters



Charlie Blanton
Husbandry of the Orchid Mantis
My poster is about the captive care and breeding of the orchid mantis. I will go over in detail how to breed them from the same ootheca and getting males and females to become adult at the same time. I have successfully kept these mantids for multiple generations. I will have husbandry information handouts available that will go over every thing I have done with them and will give them out to anyone at the poster sessions that would like one.
Chris Mooney - San Diego Zoo
Using a Sting to Take the Bite Out of Spider Trafficking
“Operation Spiderman" was a 2010 sting operation in which the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service targeted a smuggler shipping tarantulas between Europe and the Americas. The San Diego Zoo maintained a large contingent of the spiders during the trial, and we realized a new opportunity. By displaying these misunderstood animals and telling their stories, we could elevate awareness of wildlife trafficking and demonstrate how zoos play a critical role in caring for even some of its least-known victims. Today, our Arachnid Rescue Center showcases animals from this and other confiscations, and helps our guests appreciate the true scope of the problem.
Lydia Attard - Toronto Zoo
A pilot study using laboratory-raised hematophagous triatomine bugs for low-stress minimally-invasive blood sampling of zoo reptiles
Blood collection using laboratory-reared hematophagous insects was investigated at the Toronto Zoo. Belize kissing bugs (Triatoma dimidiata) were allowed to take a blood meal from anesthetised turtles (Emydura subglobosa). A blood sample was immediately collected from the insect’s crop. Hematology and biochemistry values from the insect-derived blood were compared with blood collected at the same time from the turtle’s jugular vein using the conventional needle-and-syringe method. There were no significant differences between the two samples. The insect’s bite is non-painful and causes minimal tissue trauma. This study suggests “living syringes” may be used for minimally-invasive blood sampling of zoo reptiles.
Julie LaTurner - Houston Zoo
Invertebrate outreach and education at the Houston Zoo: finding our audience
Invertebrate interpretation at the Houston Zoo (HZI) relies primarily on keeper chats and impromptu presentations. Keepers for the Bug House at the Houston Zoo interpret invertebrates throughout the year in a variety of ways, including general keeper chats, themed weekends and events, special event rentals, local television, zoo website, and an area professional conference. This paper will cover the types of chats and events we interpret for, the different audiences we have and the invertebrates we utilize to educate the community of Houston.



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