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Exploring the Louisville Zoo

Doug visits the Louisville Zoo and gets a behind-the-scenes look at animal training, the processes involved in keeping the animals healthy, the variety of foods that must be kept on hand, the successful black-footed ferret recovery program, and the zoo's overall conservation including the Gorilla Forest exhibit.
Season 22 Episode 20 Length 27:12 Premiere: 06/24/17

The Louisville Zoo!

In this special episode of Kentucky Life, host Doug Flynn visits the Louisville Zoo and gets a behind-the-scenes look at animal training, the processes involved in keeping the animals healthy, the variety of foods kept on hand, the successful black-footed ferret recovery program, and the zoo’s conservation programs, including the Gorilla Forest.

More than 1,500 animals live at the Louisville Zoological Gardens, the state zoo of Kentucky. The zoo is a world pioneer in multi-species rotational exhibits, where animals rotate in and out of varied habitat spaces at unpredictable times, which more closely resembles life in a natural environment.

“We did this to enrich the animals’ lives. They’re always experiencing something different throughout the day,” said zoo director John Walczak.

The Islands was the first such exhibit in the world, he said. The zoo extended the concept with the addition of the Gorilla Forest and Glacier Run.

Training the Animals
Have you ever wondered how zookeepers get close enough to wild animals to feed them and take care of them? Jane Anne Franklin, mammal curator and animal training supervisor at the Louisville Zoo, has the answers.

“These animals need to be trained to let us take the best care of them possible,” she said. “It allows us to get up close and personal to them, check them out, make sure they don’t have any issues. It lets us into their world, so any subtleties in their behavior, behavior changes, we’ll notice right away.”

The relationship is based on trust, she said. The trainers do some of their work with a physical barrier, like a chain-link fence, between themselves and the animals. The animals must choose to approach the trainer. “I cannot make a 500-pound bear come to me if it doesn’t want to,” she said. “So you either need to be motivating enough, or they need to trust you enough.”

Franklin said trainers use a whistle, the sound of which always means a reward to the animal. It also means the trainers can get the attention of an animal from some distance away.

Bart the sea lion, who has lived at the zoo all of his 23 years, focuses his attention on his trainer and reads body language. He lets his trainer check his eyes, ears, mouth. and flippers each morning. He blew raspberries at his mother when he wanted to nurse, and now he does that when he wants his trainers to feed him, Franklin said.

Despite the training, the animals are not tamed and are still wild animals, Franklin said. “Even though Bart was born in captivity, he’s not domesticated. So if he needs to tell you something, he’s pretty honest about it,” she said. “If he decides you’re in his face and he doesn’t care for it, he gives you cues. And we have to learn how to read our animals and understand how sea lions speak.”

Is it tough to train an older animal?
“It takes a little more patience,” she said. “But honestly, some of these animals have seen so much, and they’ve had to make so many choices on their own, that they have taught themselves how to learn.”
Animals that have worked for a living in the wild pick up quickly on the rewards the human trainers offer, she said. “Some other animals that have been born in a managed system haven’t had that kind of pressure on them. They’ve always had room service.”

Conservation
The Louisville Zoo has over 250 species of animals, said zoo director John Walczak. The zoo prides itself on conservation education and its preservation programs. Among the endangered animals at the zoo are the polar bear and the orangutan.

The zoo’s polar bears live in the Glacier Run exhibit. “Polar bears, of course, are the icon of climate change. What’s happening with the world today, the ice is melting. Female polar bears are dependent on the ice to eat, to breed, for everything,” Walczak said.

Polar bears eat for six months a year, and because the ice is disappearing, they have less time to develop fat reserves, Walczak said. Now they have twins or singlets, instead of triplets, and even twins are difficult.

“They usually don’t have enough nourishment to take care of the second cub,” he said. “And regrettably, a lot of the cubs are abandoned out on the tundra and they don’t make it.”

The orangutan is destined for extinction within the next 20 years in the wild, Walczak said. The zoo cares for four orangutans. Researchers have found that orangutan nest-building shows evidence of complex thinking about materials and design. “Our orangutans are brilliant. We have one that has the cognitive problem-solving abilities of a third-year engineering student,” he said.

Walczak said that even if people don’t agree with the concept of climate change, people can agree that it’s smart to save energy. “Our generation should not have the right to burn up all the energy on the planet,” he said. “Saving is a good thing, conserving, living in balance is a good thing.”

Gorillas and Ferrets
Habitat loss, poaching, and the effects of climate change are just some of the issues that put animals at risk around the world.

Among the endangered species at the zoo is the Western Lowland gorilla, and the zoo’s 4-acre Gorilla Forest is home to 10 of them.

“Gorillas are considered to be critically endangered,” said Steven R. Taylor, assistant director of conservation, education, and collections. “The Western Lowland gorilla…there’s probably more of them than maybe the other types of gorillas. There’s maybe 100,000.” Their relatively plentiful numbers, he said, are due to the fact that it’s hard for people to get to parts of west central Africa where the gorillas make their home. They are still considered to be critically endangered.

Most zoo gorillas today were born in captivity. The Louisville Zoo’s newest gorilla is Kindi, who was born on March 14, 2016, via Caesarean section. Kindi’s mother died the next day from complications. “So around the clock care, 24 hours a day care, started at that point,” Taylor said. In August 2016, the zoo introduced Kindi to one of the adult females in the group, Kweli, who acts as her surrogate mother.

Another animal being brought back from the brink of extinction is the black-footed ferret. “Our zoo has reproduced more black-footed ferrets than any zoo in the world,” said Walczak.

The black-footed ferret is one of the rarest animals in North America, said Guy Graves, zookeeper and Conservation Center manager. The animal had been declared extinct until a small population was discovered in Wyoming in 1987. Since 1990, the zoo has produced over 1,000 kits and provided over 700 ferrets for reintroduction to their native American Plains habitat.

The adult ferret is 18-24 inches long (including tail) and weighs 1.5 to 3 pounds. They look similar to domestic ferrets, but these ferrets live out west and feed on prairie dogs. “If you’ve ever seen a prairie dog, it’s actually quite a bit bigger than they are,” he said.

Ferrets are born in the spring, and when they are about 9 months old, they would typically be on their own in the wild. At that point, the Louisville Zoo sends them to a ferret conservation facility out west, which releases them into the wild after about a month. “It’s kind of a boot camp. Because they basically are exposed to prairie dogs to make sure they’re able to kill, and then they’re released,” he said.

The Hospital and the Commissary
At the zoo hospital, Dr. Zoli Gyimesi is senior staff veterinarian, taking care of everything from invertebrates like millipedes and tarantulas, to birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.

The zoo offers preventative care such as vaccinations, pest and parasite control, and tuberculosis testing of susceptible animals. “You know, wild animals and zoo animals hide their disease, so we try to be on the preventative end of things,” Gyimesi said.

Animals are trained to allow their keepers and the veterinarians to examine them. Animal training also decreases stress for the animals, according to Gyimesi.

“When an animal cooperates with the keepers and the trainers – and that could be stepping on a scale, presenting a body part for evaluation, allowing us to touch or medicate them – that makes it so much easier to monitor and care for them,” he said. In some instances, training means the veterinarians don’t have to use anesthesia, he said, avoiding the risks that accompany that.

Food for the animals is stored in a commissary. Zookeeper Rebekah Vaile said every animal has a specific diet, whether it is yams, apples, and carrots for the elephants or alfalfa for the camels. A look at the whiteboard detailing the animal diets reveals a varied menu of mice and smelt, herring, knuckle bone, and thigh bone.

“Our lion, Kenya, he’s getting 12 pounds of our feline diet right now. Our Amur tiger, he is getting 12 pounds of our feline diet and 2 pounds of our chunk meats. Each animal gets a very, very detailed diet,” she said.

Vaile said the zoo gets deliveries of fresh produce daily, a grain delivery weekly, and frozen rodents weekly, keeping the zoo animals happy and healthy.

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S22 E20 Length 27:12 Premiere Date 06/24/17

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S22 E19 Length 27:15 Premiere Date 05/27/17

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S22 E16 Length 27:47 Premiere Date 05/09/17

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S22 E15 Length 26:43 Premiere Date 05/02/17

Winery Visit; Primate Rescue; Pianist Kory Caudill

S22 E14 Length 24:30 Premiere Date 04/24/17

Breweries; a Botanical Garden; Singer Kelsey Waldon

S22 E13 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 04/17/17

Songwriting; Comic-Con; Bloodhounds

S22 E12 Length 27:03 Premiere Date 04/10/17

Louisville Zoo-Part Three, Old Postcards; Kentucky Wesleyan

S22 E11 Length 27:42 Premiere Date 02/25/17

Louisville Zoo-Part Two; Carter G. Woodson Center; Hickman

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S22 E9 Length 28:33 Premiere Date 02/11/17

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S22 E8 Length 26:55 Premiere Date 02/04/17

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S22 E7 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 11/19/16

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S22 E6 Length 26:08 Premiere Date 11/12/16

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S22 E5 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11/05/16

Sculpture Park; Red Bird Mission; Hilltoppers Preview

S22 E4 Length 25:18 Premiere Date 10/22/16

KY Life Theme Song; Glema Mahr Center; Indigenous Life in KY

S22 E3 Length 25:24 Premiere Date 10/15/16

Maysville; Ceramics; Walt’s Hitching Post; Columbus Belmont

S22 E2 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 10/08/16

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Josephine Sculpture Park; Red Bird Mission; The Hilltoppers

Premiered On: 10/22/2016

Art meets the earth at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Red Bird Mission has been a force for good in southeastern Kentucky since 1921, and fans of the musical group The Hilltoppers will enjoy this sneak peek from "Kentucky Muse", debuting in October 2016.

  • Friday October 28, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Mountain Mushroom Festival; Spoonbread; Robert Penn Warren

Premiered On: 04/13/2019

Morels are the rockstars of mushrooms, and Irvine celebrates them at the annual Mountain Mushroom Festival; Berea's Spoonbread Festival highlights this traditional Appalachian food, and Kentucky can boast the only American author awarded both a fiction and a poetry Pulitzer Prize, to Guthrie's own Robert Penn Warren.

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Flag Retirement; Willa Brown Chappell; Saddlemaker Pete Harry; EKU Veterans

Premiered On: 11/05/2016

This Veterans Day program looks at U.S. flags respectfully laid to rest by the Jeffersontown American Legion in one of the nation's largest flag retirement ceremonies; Willa Brown Chappell of Glasgow broke barriers as an African-American female pilot who trained Tuskegee Airmen; a veteran of Vietnam demonstrates his saddle-making skills in Christian County; and Doug visits Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond to discover why this university is one of the top destinations for veterans.

  • Monday October 31, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Young at Heart Big Band; Maple Ridge Soaps; The Savage Radley

Premiered On: 04/06/2019

Young at Heart's group of octogenarians keep the classics alive by performing throughout Central Kentucky, Maple Ridge Soaps in Bracken County makes soap the natural and 2800 B.C. way, and western Kentucky's The Savage Radley sing about small-town Kentucky life.

  • Saturday October 22, 2022 8:00 pm ET on KET
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Missionaries of Charity; Grace Cafe; KSNPC Volunteers; Misfit Island

Premiered On: 11/12/2016

This program looks at those who do good work. As Mother Teresa becomes Saint Teresa, "Kentucky Life" visits her Missionaries of Charity chapter in Jenkins; Danville's Grace Cafe is a pay-what-you-can community restaurant committed to providing locally-sourced, nutritious food to residents; volunteers keep Kentucky's State Nature Preserves in fine form; and Misfit Island Wildlife Rescue Center cares for hundreds of animals in Henderson.

  • Tuesday November 1, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Baker-Bird Winery; Botherum House; Minnie Adkins

Premiered On: 11/19/2016

Baker-Bird Winery in Augusta lays claim to the glory days of a historic Northern Kentucky winery, garden designer Jon Carloftis and Dale Fisher share the history and beauty of their restored 19th century home in downtown Lexington, and "Kentucky Life" revisits with famed folk artist Minnie Adkins.

  • Wednesday November 2, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Eagle Bend Alpacas; Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure; Kentucky By Design

Premiered On: 02/04/2017

Eagle Bend Alpacas is home to 150 alpacas in Boone County, Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure in Campton brings European climbing techniques to the Red River Gorge, and Kentucky By Design explores our state's arts and craft contributions to The Index of American Design.

  • Thursday November 3, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Louisville Zoo - Part 1; Col. Charles Young; Rosine

Premiered On: 02/11/2017

In the first of a three-part series, Doug visits the Louisville Zoo; a profile of accomplished African-American Col. Charles Young; and Rosine, Kentucky is the home of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe and the Rosine Barn Jamboree.

  • Friday November 4, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River Dam State Park; Forest Giants

Premiered On: 04/20/2019

Kentucky's state dance is alive and well in Owensboro at the Lanham Brothers Jamboree; Hopkinsville is home to the nation's largest producer of bowling balls, at Ebonite International; the Falls of Rough and Rough River Dam are a vacationer's paradise; a Danish artist brings Forest Giants to the giant forest at Bernheim in Bullitt & Nelson counties.

  • Saturday November 5, 2022 8:00 pm ET on KET
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Sparta Speedway; The Blue Raven Restaurant & Pub; Life Adventure Center; 'Wild Bill' Gordon - S21 E6

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The Lee Initiative; Candleberry Candles; Daniel Goff - S24 E7

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Haunted Louisville - Part 2; Doe-Anderson; Merle Travis; Justin Roberts - Walk the Willow - S21 E5

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PhbeaD; Doug's Baseball Highlights; Luthier Neil Kendrick - S21 E16

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Joe Bowen; Mammoth Bones; Banana Festival - S24 E8

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Martin's Fork; Dragon Boat Races; Tewes Poultry Farm - S21 E4

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The War of 1812 - S21 E3

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Dancing Well; Purple Toad Winery; Paradise Point - S24 E6

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Today's Special - Dixie Chili and Diner; Coal Camps; Our Town - Columbia; Josh Samples - S20 E19

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Ken Grayson's Horse Memorabilia; Triple Crown Hopefuls - Old Friends; Gallopalooza - S21 E15

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Princess Alice Gurielli & Dimitrie Berea; Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Intl. Airport; Todd Co. Marker; Lighthouse Landing - S20 E18

  • Friday September 23, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Derby-Themed Program - S20 E16

  • Wednesday September 21, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Outdoors-Themed Program - S20 E15

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Heartbeats; Central Auto; Judy Drive-In - S24 E5

  • Monday September 19, 2022 7:00 pm ET on KET2
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Kentucky Mainstreet; Our Town-Booneville; Conrad-Caldwell House Museum; Historical Marker; Maysville's Gateway Museum Center - S20 E14

  • Monday September 19, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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The Crittenden Watch; Minor E Clark Fish Hatchery; Home Cafe & Marketplace; Elwyn Berlekamp - S21 E14

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Downtown Paducah; Today's Special - Peak Bros. Bar-B-Que; Aaron Kizer; Warren Co. Marker; The Historic Railpark and Trail Museum - S20 E13

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Eastern Kentucky PRIDE - S20 E12

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Our Town-Bellevue; Chandler's-Today's Special; Susan & George Miller; St. Claire Medical Center; Sister Jeanne Francis Cleves - S20 E11

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Hotel Metropolitan; Cabin Creek Covered Bridge Marker; Emerald Ash Borer; Our Town - Hazard - S20 E10

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eKAMI; Schneider's Candies; Barber Legacy - S24 E4

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Old Airdrie; Himlerville; Sherman Cahal; Louisville Historic House - S20 E9

  • Monday September 12, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Weavers Bottom Craft Studio; Luthiers - Bryan England; David Stephenson - S21 E13

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"Sultana" Disaster; General Lloyd Tilghman Marker; Louisville's Mega Cavern; Kentucky Ingrained LLC - S20 E8

  • Friday September 9, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Jerry Bransford; Dr. Thomas Walker Markers; Eugene McMahan & Sons Furniture; Harper's Country Hams - S20 E7

  • Thursday September 8, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Painter Steve White; Downtown Paris; The Potter's Inn Bed and Breakfast; 5th U.S. Colored Cavalry - S20 E6

  • Wednesday September 7, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Veterans Day Program - S20 E5

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Makerspaces; Spinal Cord Injury; Frank Duveneck; Duncan Hines - S24 E3

  • Monday September 5, 2022 7:00 pm ET on KET2
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Hitcents Park Plaza; The Kentucky Tragedy; Morehead State University; White Nose Syndrome - S20 E4

  • Monday September 5, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Mammoth Cave; Vaulting at Life Adventure Center; The Parklands of Floyds Fork - S21 E12

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Hosts

Our Current Host, Doug Flynn

Doug Flynn, former Major League Baseball player and current Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, began as the host of Kentucky Life in the 21st season.

During an 11-year MLB career, Flynn won two world championships with the Reds and a Gold Glove award at second base for the New York Mets.

Doug was born and raised in Lexington and is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Hope for the Warriors and the American Association for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Athletics. He is a graduate of Somerset Community College, and a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dave Shuffett, Host for Seasons 6 – 20

As host of Kentucky Life from 1999 to 2015, Dave Shuffett received nine Emmy nominations for on-camera performance and producing.

Shuffett is a native of Greensburg and a graduate of Murray State University. From 1989 to 1995, he served as both host and producer of Kentucky Afield.

Dave joined Kentucky Life for the series’ sixth season, replacing former host Byron Crawford. Shuffett was always accompanied by one of his dogs and they frequently appeared as “co-hosts.”

Dave lives in rural Central Kentucky and is the author of “My Kentucky Life,” a collection of his photos and stories of people and places throughout the state.

Byron Crawford, Host for Seasons 1 – 5

Kentucky native Byron Crawford hosted the program from its debut in September 1995 through the summer of 1999.

He studied speech and broadcasting at Murray State University, then worked as a radio and television news reporter in Cincinnati and Louisville before beginning a newspaper career.

Byron wrote his “Kentucky Column” for the (Louisville) Courier-Journal from 1979 until 2008. Today he writes the back page column for Kentucky Living magazine.

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