Concurrent Accession

December 31, 2012 | Sarah Van de Berg

“Accession” is a word the zoological world uses to mean, “adding to.” It’s the term applied to newly acquired individuals to a museum/zoo/aquarium’s collection. We don’t have a large turnover in our collection at the museum. Every year we lose some animals due to old age, health problems, or transfers to other institutions and we gain a couple, but our collection stays at about the same number.

Because we don’t take in new animals very often, I found it interesting to learn that the animal keepers here each have a sort of “buddy animal” that joined the animal department at roughly the same time they did.

Sherry Ursula

Sherry and Ursula (Fall 1991)

Kent American Robin

Kent (Summer 1996) and 2 American Robins (Winter 1997)

Marilyn Chummix

Marilyn and Chummix (Fall 2003)

Katy Virginia

Katy and Virginia (Spring 2005)

Jill Scout

Jill and Scout (Fall 2005)

Sarah Robin Owl

Me and Robin Owl (Summer 2010)

Kimberly Ladybelle

Kimberly and Ladybelle (Fall 2010)

Aaron Jaybird

Aaron and Jaybird (Spring 2011)

Jessi Pines

Jessi and the baby Pine Snakes (Summer 2012)

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