We’re Going to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo
by Michele Roger
The roars, the crowds and well, the smells; it’s all part of the excitement that accompanies a trip to the zoo. For some patrons on the autism spectrum, it’s some of these same aspects of a day at the zoo that can make it a challenge.
Zoos from around the world have come to appreciate that everyone experiences the zoo in their own way and have set up programs to help everyone enjoy the beauty and splendor of the animals.
Established in 1826, the London Zoo sits at the north edge of Regent’s Park between West Minster and Camden. The London Zoo is known for being the first zoo to open a reptile house in 1849, as well as the first children’s zoo in 1938.
In keeping with its pioneering tradition, London was one of the first zoos to create a digital package for autistic students attending with their school. The interactive, digital tour and printable pack is meant to be used ahead of the visit. The online tour goes through … continue reading the Summer 2019 issue.
by Donna Medina
Summer is approaching, and with it comes a lot of opportunities to get moving in the outdoors. While you might not wish to give up your studio and gym workouts totally, you might wish to consider squeezing in some of these activities whenever you can. We’ve pulled together some of the most typical outdoor activities you can do to get you ready for outdoors this coming summer.
WALKING This is one of the easiest ways to get fit outdoors. Brisk walking regularly can enhance the health of your lungs, heart, and circulatory system. According to CDC, ten minutes of brisk walking, three times per day for five days a week is enough to strengthen your aerobic health.
RUNNING Like walking, running helps enhance your cardiovascular fitness. … Continue reading in the Summer 2019 issue.
Grilled Veggie Pita Sandwich
by Brian and Patricia Dake
Picnics make summer outings complete, so we wanted to share a fun idea with a Mediterranean flare.
Traveling through Bulgaria and Turkey, we discovered that it’s customary to use fresh, thinly sliced tomato and cucumber to add flavor and crunch to sandwiches. Also common to Mediterranean cuisine is tahini, a thick paste made by grinding hulled white sesame seeds. As a staple of Middle Eastern cooking, it can be found in most large supermarkets on the ethnic food aisle. It’s not unusual for it to separate, so the oil and the sesame paste will need to be mixed back together before use. Using good quality tahini is essential.
Preparation – Marinade Base * Cut and discard stems from fresh basil leaves, slice basil leaves into fine 1/16-inch strips. Repeat until you have 1/4 cup loose packed strips. * In a non-metal bowl mix basil strips, balsamic vinegar, kosher salt, smoked paprika and black pepper until blended to make marinade base. Preparation – Grilled Vegetables * Rinse bell peppers and zucchini. * Cut and discard ends from zucchini. Cut each zucchini in half… continue reading the Summer 2019 issue.
Sea Otter Cuteness
by Vivianne Winter
In December of 2018 the Oregon Zoo said goodbye to Eddie, the sea otter, one of the oldest sea otters in the world. Wild otters often live between fifteen and twenty years. Eddie celebrated nearly 21.
Eddie became internet famous in 2013 after a video of him slam dunking a toy basketball as physical therapy for this arthritic elbow joints was viewed more than 1.7 million times on the zoo’s YouTube channel.
When Eddie was orphaned as a young pup along the California coast in 1998, he lacked the skills to survive on his own in the wild and was taken to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for rehabilitation. Deemed non-releasable by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in 2000 he went to live at the Oregon Zoo … continue reading the Summer 2019 issue.
Woodland Park Zoo
by Heather Roulo
When visitors come to Seattle, there are a few must-see sites. Besides the space needle and Pike Street Market, I insist my guests visit the Woodland Park Zoo.
Located near Green Lake in the northern part of Seattle, not too far from the University of Washington campus, Woodland Park Zoo boasts ninety-two acres of animals and attractions. Despite the large size, it is well-organized and very possible to see the zoo in one day or to pick your favorites and linger along the lush native-plant-lined paths. We go so frequently. The kids have learned the shortest paths between our favorite animals.
When our family hosted a Japanese exchange student, she was thrilled with the chance to interact with the animals. Young or old, the zoo entertains with its variety of animals, plants, education, and experiences. Where else can you be licked by a giraffe and experience how rough their tongues are?
The zoo also provides an opportunity to appreciate the diverse biosphere … read more in the Summer 2019 issue.
Spotlight on Oakland
by Sumiko Saulson
Oakland is a well-known spot for arts and culture, but not everyone knows that it is also the home of the nation’s oldest wildlife reserve, Lake Merritt Refuge, established in 1870.
It is a tidal pool three miles in circumference at the heart of the city featuring birds, gardens, and boating. On its shores is the fanciful theme park, Children’s Fairyland, opened in 1950, and one of the oldest such parks in the world. The Oakland Zoo, managed by the Conservation Society of California, is another type of sanctuary for wildlife. Founded in 1922 by naturalist Henry A. Snow, it houses … continue reading in the Summer 2019 issue of SEARCH.
The Music of the Jungle Book
by Elliot Thorpe
Disney Studios, over the decades, has prominently featured our animal friends in hundreds of its movies, from live action (including Greyfriars Bobby , That Darn Cat! , Murder She Purred  and Dumbo ) to animated classic such as Bambi , The Aristocats , my personal favorite Robin Hood  and everyone’s, The Lion King .
Even in movies where the main protagonists are human, such as the princesses Snow White and Cinderella, creatures, both feathered and furred, have some importance. And goodness, Disney’s most famous icon is a rodent who has a pooch as a pet!
Enough of these Shaggy Dog stories. I’m here to remind you of perhaps one of the greatest of all Disney pictures and one that is nevertheless indelibly inked onto our psyche with catchy songs and great visuals, the 19th animated feature, The Jungle Book… continue reading in the Summer 2019 issue of SEARCH.
How to Catch a Rabid Squirrel and Why
by Tim Reynolds
Rescue missions were our specialty, though up to this point in time all previous missions involved only G. I. Joes. This was our first live specimen, zoological rescue, and no thirteen- and fourteen-year-old, two-kid team was more prepared than Ron and me.
We’d ridden our bikes up to the greenbelt area behind the local tennis courts that used to be the IBM golf course. Ron and I had done our traditional summer-day work out on the high-intensity obstacle course disguised as a playground. We were returning from the drinking fountain when we spotted him hobbling across the playground gravel. The wee squirrel was injured, and it was plain to see it wasn’t just a thorn in his paw. He couldn’t put any weight on one leg, and it was bent at an odd angle.
We sprang into action. You can’t catch a squirrel with your bare hands, so Ron observed Tripod, a name appropriate to his condition, while I went dumpster diving for a zoological specimen containment thingy … Read more in the Summer 2019 issue
Bring the Zoo to
by Lillian Csernica
Summer is that wonderful time of year when people get out into the sunshine. A favorite destination is the zoo. There’s nothing like seeing a tiger roar in person or watching a hippopotamus enjoying a swim. Here’s a way to make it possible to visit the zoo every day, and the zoo can be completely different every time.
A large pad of white paper, the type sold for finger painting.
Play-Doh or its off-brand equivalent
Cookie cutters shaped like animals
Stickers (animals, food, plants and flowers, balloons, etc.)
This list can be expanded to include whatever you and your fellow zoo builders want to use. A trip to the dollar store can provide everything you need for less than ten dollars.
Time: 30 minutes for the basic zoo. You can add as many details as you like!
… read more in the Summer 2019 issue.
Iceland in the Summer
by Kay Tracy
If you are looking for an interesting trip, Iceland. is something different to do this summer. Either stopping over on a longer flight to Europe or simply a visit to Iceland for itself, there is plenty to see and do.
Get ready to meet interesting people and see the arts, sights, and culture of this small but mighty country. Getting there is easier than ever with flights from the west coast, as well as the East coast. Bring clothing to dress in layers, with the outermost being waterproof. You could get a whole year of seasons in one hour-no joke. Your major credit cards will work there, though make sure you know what your bank or card will charge for international fees. You can exchange currency at the airport after clearing customs, for no fee. Do check the information on what you can and cannot take into the country…. continue reading in the Summer 2019 issue.