Asian Lantern Festival Drive-Thru

This podcast is for those attending the Asian Lantern Festival’s Drive-Thru night. Click play and enjoy the festival!

Vet Tech Appreciation Week

The week of October 17th is Vet Tech Appreciation Week! Have you ever wondered what the day in the life is for a vet tech at the Pittsburgh Zoo? Listen to this week’s episode and find out!

Meet the Lions

A favorite at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the African Lion is as majestic as any animal in the world! This week, we chat with keeper Kathy Suthard about the six lions who live at the Zoo! Sponsored by UPMC.

World Rhino Day

Learn about the Pittsburgh Zoo’s rhinos during this special World Rhino Day episode! During the episode, we chat with rhino keeper Diane Hagey. Not many people can say they have worked with rhinos for over 30 years, but Diane can. Sponsored by UPMC.

Meet the Tigers

On today’s episode, mammal keeper Laura Machuga joins the podcast to talk all about the Pittsburgh Zoo’s Tigers! This episode is sponsored by UPMC.

Sea Turtle Second Chance

On this episode, Julia chats with Aquarist Jen Dancico about our Sea Turtle Second Chance program as well as one of the Pittsburgh Zoo’s most famous residents, Harbor the Sea Turtle. This episode is sponsored by Peoples Natural Gas.


What’s Cooking for Animals at the Zoo?

Ever wondered what goes into feeding the animals at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium? Listen and find out!?This episode is sponsored by Nutella.



Have You Seen A Kinkajou?

Join us as we talk with an Animal Care Specialist highlighting Julie and Peque?o, two adorable education ambassadors!?This episode is sponsored by Busy Beaver Building Centers, Inc.




Pride In Our People: Dr. Lauren

As part of our new series, Pride In Our People, we highlight the incredible staff here at the Zoo. This month, we are featuring Dr. Lauren, one of our Zoo veterinarians.




Behind The “SEAS” at the PPG Aquarium

Spend a day with our Aquarists at the PPG Aquarium!




Moving Fur-ward: An Update on Our Feline Families


Hear the latest on our new African lion pride, new cheetah family, and our Canadian lynx.





Regis, an Animal Care Specialist at the Zoo, shares what it’s like to work with our new cheetah family. This episode is sponsored by Dunkin’




Slimy Salamanders Could Be Hiding In Your Backyard

Hellbenders: what are they? We discuss these slimy but cute amphibians with our aquarist, Shanna Gay, and we learn about Heather, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s very own hellbender.




It’s Cuttle, Not Cuddle

If they aren’t for cuddling, and they aren’t fish, then what are cuttlefish? Justine Curley intrigues us with all things cuttlefish, from how they can change colors in the blink of an eye, to how they hunt their food with their tentacles.




You’re a Horti- What?

Emmett Bender explains to us what a Horticulturist is, what they do, and why it’s important to have them in a zoo!?While most people come to the zoo to see the animals, the green leafy things throughout the park are also important. They greatly affect the animals’ lives and the experience of the visitor.




Sugar Rush in Kids Kingdom

Have you ‘herd’ the news? The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has a new herd of alpacas! Robin Chambers, one of our keepers in Kids Kingdom, talks to us about the stylish hairdos, personalities, and candy inspired names of the alpacas.




Cloudy with a Chance of Cats

The birth of our new clouded leopard cub is a significant milestone in the worldwide effort to save this vulnerable species. Karen Vacco, our Assistant Mammal Curator, discusses what what it’s like to raise a cub, the challenges faced when breeding clouded leopards, and our hopes for this incredible species.




Talking to the Animals


Keepers have close bonds with the animals they work with. Kesha Phares, one of our keepers in Kids Kingdom, gives us insight into the creative techniques she uses to build those relationships and enrich the lives of the animals she works with every day.