Welcome to The Pondcast. Broadcast LIVE through YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook, this show brings you interviews and discussions with diverse guests from the turtle and tortoise community, allowing you to send in questions to help guide the discussion. Created to tackle topics related to both conservation and herpetoculture, this show will bring you its own brand of hilarity interspersed between the educational and informative discussions that are the centerpiece of each episode. So, join our crew of "turtle nerds" each month for The Pondcast.
Your hosts Anthony, Chris, Kevin, and Steve have decades of combined hands on experience with turtles, tortoises, lizards, snakes, and amphibians. The show is also available as audio-only (Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon Music | iHeartRadio | RSS). Check out the rest of our site for more information.
In this episode, the team chats with Ryan Dumas, the Head Keeper of the Herpetology and Fish at the Cincinnati Zoo. Ryan is very experienced in reptiles and their care, and has a love and appreciation for turtles and tortoises. In this episode, we discuss what it means to be a zookeeper, keeping reptile species that are meaningful to the keeper, and an animal wellness rating system that Ryan uses to audit current setups and identify areas needing improvement.