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Earlier this week, Dr. Jb Minter and other members of the veterinary team North Carolina Zoo gave Reilly, the zoo’s 17 year-old male African lion his annual checkup.

Reilly’s preventative health exam, which was conducted under general anesthesia, included a physical and dental exam, vaccinations and blood draw. Abdominal ultrasonography was also performed to check Reilly’s internal organs.


Learn More About the N.C. Zoo’s African Lions →


Here’s a look behind-the-scenes at this important health measure:

Getting Ready. Veterinary technician Heather Shaub, offloads the equipment needed for Reilly’s annual examination. Nearly all of the Zoo’s medical equipment is portable and can be moved to any location in the zoo.

Checking Vital Signs. Dr. Jb Minter, the Zoo’s Senior Veterinarian, monitors Reilly’s vital signs during the exam. Reilly was anesthetized and intubated for the procedure.


A Full Check Up.  Dr. Lori Westmoreland, a first year Zoological and Aquatic Medicine Resident, performs a thorough physical examination on Reilly during his annual check-up.



The Zoo, in partnership with North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine and the North Carolina Aquariums, conduct a formal American College of Zoological Medicine approved residency program in zoological and aquatic animal medicine.

Checking Reilly’s Teeth. Veterinary technician, Andrea Persson, conducts a dental examination, which is an integral part of Reilly’s annual examination.


Drawing Blood. Veterinary Technicians, Andrea Persson and Heather Shaub obtain a blood sample from the Reilly’s tail.  Blood samples provide useful information in evaluating the health status of animals at the Zoo.


Wrapping Up with an Ultrasound.  Dr. Lori Westmoreland, under the guidance of Dr. Jb Minter, performs an abdominal ultrasound on Reilly. Abdominal ultrasound allows veterinary professionals to see a visualization of Reilly’s internal organs and gives the veterinary staff a better understanding of what is going on inside the body.


The North Carolina Zoo’s veterinary team and animal care staff are dedicated to providing superior health care for all of the animals housed there, and annual checkups allow the veterinary team to pick up on subtle changes early and act if needed.

Reilly was given a clean bill of health and returned to the exhibit with female Mekita and their offspring the following day.


Learn More About Animal Welfare at the N.C. Zoo →


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Staff from the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer showing off their Panthers pride.

Staff from the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer
showing off their Panthers pride.

Governor Pat McCrory today made a wager with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper over this weekend’s Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

If the Panthers prevail as Governor McCrory predicts, Hickenlooper will donate Colorado products to North Carolina food banks and animal shelters. In the unlikely event that the Panther lose, Governor McCrory will donate North Carolina turkey products to Colorado food banks and animals shelters.

Two state historic sites and the North Carolina Zoo have followed Governor McCrory’s lead by either accepting or making friendly wagers with their counterparts in Colorado.

Zoo Directors Put State Pride On The Line

The North Carolina Zoo accepted the Denver Zoo’s Super Bowl challenge. The losing zoo’s director will be welcoming visitors next week in the winning team’s jersey.

Transportation Museums Participate in Turntable Challenge

The North Carolina Transportation Museum will deck out its diesel engines in Broncos regalia with staff riding the turntable while singing the Broncos fight song if the Panthers lose, in addition to supplying to the Colorado Railroad Museum with a number of the Tar Heel State’s favorite foods.

This afternoon the Colorado museum accepted NCTM’s challenge.

Gold ore is being wagered by the Reed Gold Mine..

Gold ore is being wagered by the Reed Gold Mine..

Mine Museums Wager Gold

North Carolina and Colorado are connected through the spread of gold discoveries across the United States during the 19th century, and Reed Gold Mine and the Western Museum of Mining and Industry are raising the stakes on Super Bowl wagers by putting a gold ore specimen valued between $40 and $50 on the line.

Discounted Admission for #PanthersPride

To celebrate the Panthers and help get everyone in the team spirit, the North Carolina Zoo will be offering $2 off admission to guests wearing Panthers’ gear now through Sunday.

The North Carolina Aquariums at Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher and Jennette’s Pier will be offering $1 off admission to visitors in Panthers’ gear Sunday only.

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