We shopped till we dropped. Our list of supplies to pick up ranged from screen for the false bottoms to coconuts. Fortunately, Santiago’s excellent hardware stores not only included everything we needed but also things we hadn’t seen in the United States. Best of all, we found Rain-X, which allowed us to prevent the exhibit glass from fogging.
The heck with lifting heavy aquaria; shopping is easily the most exhausting of tasks.
Chile has plastic screening of a design and quality we have yet to find at home.
The sheer amount of screen we purchased impressed both vendors and our coworkers.
Getting to know the new neighbors; seems like the zoo animals were as interested in us as we were in them. Seeing rare or endemic Chilean fauna made our tasks that much more exciting. The Quique, Galictis cuja, a hyperactive mustelid, found our presence highly entertaining.
Like its northern cousin the Grison, the Quique is an aggressive predator. In fact, Chileans use the name “quique” to describe someone who is angry.
We changed everybody’s routine, and even woke up nocturnal animals like this Magellanic Owl, Bubo magellanicus.
However, after sniffing over the newcomers…
… and softened up by tasty handouts, we were accepted.
STAY TUNED…MORE TO COME