October 4, 2022

193: Skeleton shrimp

To kick off October, we talk about the Skeleton shrimp! Because what's spookier than a man with 18 appendages who is also slightly transparent.


This week, we muse over questions like: What does it mean to be a detritivore? What happens in the afterlife? What are gnathopods and why are they maybe venomous? Where is the best place to set up a fight club? and WHY is the ocean so bonk?

September 20, 2022

192: Eastern Screech Owl

A little owl! Found in the Eastern United States! But does he screech? No. Alright, we almost got the name right. Join us in your favorite podcast released every FORTNIGHT.


Where are Eastern Screeches found? What does Henry Thoreau have to say about this? Will I be able to spot a screech when I hear it? Has anyone ever thrown one at a tree before? Tune in to find out. 

September 6, 2022

Quick & Dirty: Ep 37

This week, let's hype up the actually heart and soul of the Zoo: commissary keepers! Learn what goes on inside the food prep kitchens as we answer this listener submitted question:

As a zoo outsider, how do diets work for the hundreds of zoo animals? And what alternatives are used for some of the exotic delicacies?

August 23, 2022

191: Zebu

The final letter of the internet - we made it back around again. As the end of another era comes to a close we are changing the format of our little podcast just a bit. Tune in to hear about plans for the future.


This episode is really barely about this animal at all. It's just a cow.

August 16, 2022

190: Yeti crab

The ocean is so extremely cursed and this thing proves it. 


This week we tackle questions about the yeti crab like: where on earth is it found? What are setae and why does it have them? Is a hydrothermal vent basically just a hot tub? and what other horrors does the ocean have in store for us?

August 9, 2022

189: Xoloitzcuintli

Everyone say it together! Sholo-eats-quint-lee. The xolo is actually kinda cute, he grows on us a little bit. For being a big bald baby with no teeth. Tune in to hear about what and where this bald thing comes from.


What's up with the baldness of the Xolo? Can they grow hair? How do genetics work anyway and why is it just like rock, paper, scissors.

August 2, 2022

188: Wolverine

Good luck to all the students out there using this podcast as a source for their school papers. This episode is a doozy.


We answer questions like: What makes mustelids so stinky? How does delayed implantation help female wolverines? What does it mean to be plantigrade? and Why is Wolverine the hero for all the short kings out there?

July 26, 2022

187: Vinegaroon

We are back after taking National Zookeeper Week off to relax and enjoy roasting the f out of zoos. Welcome back to this scorpion from the moon.

Is he actually a scorpion? Does he whip or nene? Where are vinegaroons found and what do they eat? Is he in fortnite?

July 12, 2022

186: Uakari

This episode is the epitome of struggle - not all of them can be winners. Listen to Flora and Fauna try to be normal humans and....maybe fail.


We answer questions about this New World monkey, like what is this arboreal friend up to? Where in South America is it found? Why did Darwin decide to give him a RED BALD HEAD? Did the writers of American Horror Story take hair inspo from the uakari? and Do you look like this monkey after 30 seconds of exercise or are you a fitness influencer?

July 5, 2022

Quick & Dirty: Ep 36

We here at Keeper Chat love our interns, volunteers, students, and docents. Y'all make the world go round and our appreciation is through the roof. 99% of you are angels and we adore you. HOWEVER, 1% of you have contributed to our suffering and this episode is directed to you.


This week, we answer the question "do you have any advice for how to be most respectful to the zoo, other visitors, and of course the zoo keepers. Any stories of people/students doing projects on animals and being annoying?"


Also for literally no reason at all there are spoilers to Westworld season 1 and Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney.

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