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 Happy 6th birthday to Sarabi, the African serval! You can see Sarabi at the Zoo's Schaefer Eye Center Wildlife Shows on your next visit to the Zoo! ( by Kelly Garrison)
 Phew. That was exhausting, and Oliver thinks it's time for a nap. I really hope you enjoyed following us behind-the-scenes to see what our day entails. My greatest passion is helping the animals participate in their own health care, and I'm extremely proud to do just that here at the Birmingham Zoo. #TakeoverTuesday - Dane Jorgensen, Lead Keeper of the Primate Department
 As zoo professionals, we care about all of the animals and don't play favorites...but Karina is totally my favorite. This giant otter is great at participating in her own health care. Here, she's showing off the value of a modified training port that our Maintenance team fabricated. Within this space, we are able to train for voluntary blood draws, radiographs, and ultrasounds. #TakeoverTuesday - Dane Jorgensen, Lead Keeper of the Primate Department
 "Good boy, Oliver!" This is an especially common phrase in the Primate Building. We've been training the zoo's 36 year old Sumatran orangutan, Oliver, to participate in awake echocardiograms (heart ultrasounds) with our veterinary team. Heart health is a very important component of great ape care, and Oliver is hoping to contribute to the Great Ape Heart Project (https://greatapeheartproject.org). #TakeoverTuesday - Dane Jorgensen, Lead Keeper of the Primate Department
 What would a day in the Primate Building be without some monkey time? Our De Brazza's monkey, Huey, is a very motivated learner. He's trained for several different body presentations, which we can shape into medical behaviors. Here, Huey is demonstrating how he offers us his leg so our skilled veterinary technician can perform voluntary blood draws! #TakeoverTuesday - Dane Jorgensen, Lead Keeper of the Primate Department
 Next, let's visit with another training "whiz". Nairi, the Sumatran orangutan, has a unique part of her morning routine. She pees on cue! We trained her for this as a proactive health check that can be used throughout her life to run diagnostics and test hormonal changes.#TakeoverTuesday - Dane Jorgensen, Lead Keeper of the Primate Department
 Morning is the best time to weigh the largest species of porcupine in the world. Mork, the African crested porcupine, is trained to touch his nose to a target pole, which allows us to "target" him onto a portable scale. Training like this helps us obtain regular and reliable weights on the animals. #TakeoverTuesday - Dane Jorgensen, Lead Keeper of the Primate Department
 Wake up, roll out of bed, and brush those wild canines. I always check on the giant otters and orangutans bright and early, so funky morning breath is not an option. All three are trained for an "open" mouth behavior for preventative dental care. The giant otter even has a fish-flavored toothpaste! #TakeoverTuesday - Dane Jorgensen, Lead Keeper of the Primate Department