One of the most amazing experiences of my life today. I was permitted to take saliva samples from the #LouisvilleZoo for research I am doing at the KSP Forensic Laboratories. I met all four of our #orangutans. The staff at the zoo were so kind and patient with both me and the orangs. I even got to give Teak some “high value” foods as a reward for his cooperation (upper photo). I am grateful for the chance to have met these special creatures. (Taken with Instagram)

Went to the Louisville Zoo back in October and polar bear was showing off for the crowd by repeatedly diving into the water and swimming right up to the viewing window. I was lucky enough to be right in front for this photo. #polarbear #louisvillezoo

The cane toad (Rhinella marina) is a ginormous toad (up to 5lbs and 12in!) named for the wishful thinking that they ate cane beetles. However, this toad will eat anything BUT cane beetles (even dog food). In typical colonialist fashion, white sugarcane plantation owners introduced the toads to protect their crops from cane beetles. Native to South America, these toads have been spread to the Caribbean, US, Philippines, and Australia. Much like white colonialism’s longterm effects on indigenous communities, cane toads too have wreaked havoc on native ecosystems. Colonialism: bad for people, bad for animals. #decolonizecanetoads #jeremygoestothezoo #decolonize #instazoo #decolonization #animalfacts #louisvillezoo