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Buttonwood Park Zoo November 18, 2018

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Post Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas zoocation continues with a mini-zoocation to New England. First up was the delightful Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford MA.

The National Zoo November 11, 2018

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Post zoocation 2018 we took a short trip south to Washington DC. So much to see and do in that town but we always make time to visit the National Zoo. Enjoy!

Pumpkin-Fest at the Central Park Zoo November 4, 2018

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I admit it. One of my favorite days of the year at the Central Park Zoo is Pumpkin Sunday. ‘You get a pumpkin and you get a pumpkin and…’ Our photo workshop last Sunday was a big hit with some very happy photographers, enriched animals, delighted zookeepers and zoo visitors. This was the first in a series of three photography workshops. The next one features hearts, valentines and lots of love. You can sign up here if interested.  

Batober Redux October 31, 2018

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I could not see October leave us without a salute to bats.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center October 28, 2018

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The eighth and final stop on our Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas zoocation was the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose Texas. A big shout out to Executive Director Kelley Snodgrass for welcoming us and giving us a thorough tour through this vast wildlife center. He regaled us with stories and history which made our visit that much more enjoyable. The center has 1800 acres with over 1100 animals. They are using the facility to breed and rehabilitate certain species, have a hugely successful cheetah breeding program and are involved in preserving the endangered Atwater chicken. We were fortunate to see their very young rhino up close and personal.
These past eight weeks you have joined me on our zoocation. My zoocation buddy, Mary Schwalm informs me that we drove 1287 miles, hit three states (eight zoos in seven days) and experienced nary a glitch. Other than lots of wind and a few very hot days we had no tornadoes and no rain. Looking forward to our next adventure.

Oklahoma City Zoo October 21, 2018

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Zoo #7 on our Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas zoocation was the enormous (119 acres) Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. It has about 1900 animals in captivating habitats. There was a lot of walking and gawking and we enjoyed ourselves a great deal. Also was introduced to an animal I had never seen before – a tayra (fifth row down on my photo montage). If you are near Oklahoma City I encourage you to visit.

Tulsa Zoo, Tulsa, Oklahoma October 14, 2018

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Zoo #6 on our Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas zoocation was the delightfully beautiful Tulsa Zoo . A big shout out to Evan Newpher who gave us a wonderful welcome and extensive tour of the zoo and it’s history. They have a terrific animal collection with exhibit areas divided into distinct temperature and climate zones. The rain forest features lush plantings and free roaming animals. It is an immersive experience that we enjoyed immensely. If you find yourself in that neck of the woods I encourage a visit.

Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, Kansas October 7, 2018

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Zoo #5 on our Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas zoocation was the terrific and beautiful Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas. It is definitely now in my top 10 zoos. It has pretty much everything a zoo lover could ask for. It is a lovely locale to meander, the sight lines were amazing and the collection is diverse and ample. A big shout out to Ecotherm Curator, Nate Nelson who treated us to a 90 minute introduction, via golf cart, to this expansive zoo. He was generous with his time, informative and added to the sweet memory of our visit. Our time there was enhanced by a baby orangutan, swimming tiger and most surprising of all, swimming, bathing elephants. Oh yes, and tickling a hippo under the chin was pretty special too. If you find yourself anywhere near Wichita, you really should stop by.

David Traylor Zoo, Emporia Kansas September 30, 2018

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Zoo #4 on our Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas zoocation, the David Traylor Zoo was not on our original itinerary but what’s wrong with a three hour diversion to hit another zoo in Kansas? We went for it and were pleasantly surprised by what we found. The David Traylor Zoo is the smallest AZA accredited zoo in the nation and it is free. The zoo has nearly 400 specimens of birds, mammals and reptiles representing more than 80 species all exhibited in beautiful, natural habitats. The zoo also features exceptional botanical displays. Was it worth the three hour detour? You bet.

Also, I want to give you a heads up that there are now three new photo sessions listed on the WCS website. The first photo session (think pumpkins) is one month from today. All three can be found here.

Rolling Hills Zoo, Salina, Kansas September 23, 2018

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Zoo #3 on our Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas zoocation was the scenic and walker friendly, Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina, Kansas. What started out as a 64,000 square foot indoor natural history museum eventually also expanded into a zoo. Executive director, Bob Jenkins was our host and guide. He deftly explained the history of the museum and zoo and generously shared of his time. If you find yourself traveling through these lush, green parts of Kansas I encourage a visit. Thanks again to Bob Jenkins. My first of three photography opportunities at the Central Park Zoo is in five weeks. To see all three photo op workshops, click here