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Spring at the Queens Zoo May 6, 2012

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The Queens Zoo has a great collection of animals from ‘the Americas.’  Their newest arrivals are three Chacoan peccaries, forest mammals native to South America, named Walker, Palito, and Chili. You can also see the baby alpaca, named Cria, a little goat kid and a road runner.  Don’t forget to check out the bison, pronghorn, coyotes, bald eagles, lynx, puma and more.

New England’s Stone Zoo April 15, 2012

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While in New England to attend my zoo-cation friend’s wedding last weekend, in addition to the festivities, we, of course, had to make time to go to the Stone Zoo to see their adorable baby gibbon, active wolves and new colobus monkey troop.

Franklin Park Zoo’s Baby Ring-tailed Lemur April 7, 2012

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While in New England to attend a dear friend’s wedding this weekend, in addition to the festivities, we, of course, had to make time to go to the Franklin Park Zoo to see their sweet 18 month old baby gorilla and meet their adorable 18 day old baby ring-tailed lemur. Nebuchadrezzer, gave birth on March 19 inside Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest. Franklin Park Zoo has eight lemurs, including the new baby.  (If you subscribe to my weekly photos (and get them in your in-box) you are probably not able to view my videos from your inbox image.  Just scroll up and click on the Blue link (which is the name of today’s send) and it will take you back to my ‘While at the Zoo’ website where you can watch the video selection.)

Spring at the Philadelphia Zoo April 1, 2012

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My zoocation pal, Mary Schwalm, drove down to NYC for a very busy local mini-zoocation. One of our journeys took us to the Philadelphia Zoo.  We got to see their year old gibbon baby, 10 month old snow leopard cubs, new female lion and fast growing jaguar cub (that we saw last October) as well as a two month old adorable sifaka baby. Enjoy the photos and my video of the breeding Victoria Crowned Pigeons that were seen at the McNeil Avian Center. (If you subscribe to my weekly Sunday photos (and get them in your in-box) you are probably not able to view my videos from your inbox image.  Just scroll up and click on the Blue link (which is the name of today’s send) and it will take you back to my ‘While at the Zoo’ website where you can watch the video selection.)

Spring at the Central Park Zoo March 25, 2012

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Spring at the Central Park Zoo is terrific. Come visit us and meet our four new Rockhopper Penguins, who join the other three species, the Gentoo, Chinstrap and King penguins. We also have an adorable baby lamb and a beautiful new goat. Our large waterfowl collection all look beautiful and are fun to watch as they display to one another.  There’s also lots of nest building to watch in the Tropical Aviary.

If you like my photos and enjoy taking pictures yourself, why not come to the zoo for one of my photo workshops this spring? There are still a few spots left in each workshop. The three workshops  are highlighted below. You can read all about them and sign up on line here.

– On April14th (8:30 to 11:30) we are repeating our popular Breakfast With the Birds adult class where you will have the chance to hear all about our amazing collection and then are able to photograph the birds during morning census.  The class finishes up at the Apple store for a fabulous editing tutorial from the techies at Apple.

– We also have a family program scheduled for Earth Day (Sunday, April 22nd from 10:00 to 11:30) and is geared to adults and kids (ages 6 to 18). Share the joy of wildlife and photography with the family. It will be fun and you can take the memories home through your photos.

– And finally, a new workshop called Urban Birds of Prey on Sunday May 20th (9:00 to 11:00) where you will meet some of our raptor ambassadors up-close and personal. This will afford you great opportunities to photograph and learn about these beautiful birds. Looking forward to seeing some of you soon at the Zoo.

Woo at the Zoo February 12, 2012

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Zoos are a great place to see pairs of animals. This week’s photo montage is devoted to pairings of all sorts.  Happy Valentine’s Day to all and enjoy the video below that cracked me up. For those that are not familiar with my little dog, that is Benny above – looking as cute as he possibly can be.

Giving and Receiving at the Central Park Zoo December 25, 2011

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Giving and receiving gifts during the holiday is grand but at the Central Park Zoo gifts are given all year long.  This week’s photo montage salutes just some of the arrivals during 2011 at the Central Park Zoo.  The arrival of a male red panda, the birth of four Banded Mongoose, two baby Cavies, eight Penguin chicks, magpie robin chicks, a first Scarlet Ibis chick, the arrival of two young female sea lions, lots of adorable goats, two baby lambs and of course, the arrival of a lamb named Baby Irene Hope born during the maelstrom called, Hurricane Irene. The zoo had oodles of ducklings born this year including the very important Chinese Mergansers and just recently, a rare, Pink-eared duckling.

My dog, Benny, seen above, is my present to you – looking better than ever.

One more thing – I have been invited back to the Fifth Avenue Apple Store and will be giving a photo presentation on January 11th at 7 PM.  The topic is ‘A Year in Photos at the Central Park Zoo’.  Come one, come all – it is free and it will be fun.

Check out this video of the Central Park Zoo’s two red pandas enjoying a little browse.

 

Apples and Oranges December 11, 2011

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Apples and oranges are but two of the manyyummy foods that the animals at the Central Park Zoo get to eat each day.  Friday night’s bat enrichment at the second weekend of Winterfest inspired me to create a montage out of some of my animal/food photos.  Mangia!

– There is one more weekend of Winterfest at the Central Park Zoo.  -You should try to come and bask in the beauty of the city lights while at the zoo.

Be a Wildlife Photographer!  Do you know a kid that is aged 9 through 12?  Looking for that perfect gift? Sign him/her up for my photography workshop at the Central Park Zoo on January 7, 2012.  There are still a few spaces available.

–  My good friend and zoo-cation buddy Mary Schwalm has created a terrific 2012 animal calendar . Each calendar is just $10 (shipping will be at cost), a super bargain for a perfect unique and personal gift! As in years past, the calendar fits into a cd sized jewel case that doubles as its display case. Contact Mary for details.

– Check out the last installment of our eight penguin chick’s beginnings.  My friend, Sue Cardillo the assistant curator at CPZ tells the rest of their story below.

Ladybug, ladybug… November 27, 2011

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I had no idea that the nine-spotted ladybug was the insect of New York State until I read the article Ladybug, Ladybug, Welcome Back Home: Good News for the Official State Insect’ ‘It is not just any bug, but the native nine-spotted ladybug. And its reappearance is something of a relief, because it is the official New York State insect, even though the last recorded sighting of it in New York was 29 years ago’. Read the entire good news article here.  Doing a quick search I found that there are many sites dedicated to ladybugs. Who knew? Here is a good site and was mentioned in the New York Times article. .  Here are some frequently asked questions about lady bugs.

I took these photos back on Sept 21, 2011 when the horticulturist at the Central Park Zoo released a gazillion ladybugs into the tropical rainforest as eco-friendly aphid control.  It was fun to watch and those wonderful, industrious ladybugs work very quickly.  Enjoy the photos.

In case you missed the second video in the adorable Central Park Zoo Penguin Chick series – here it is. Life in the Penguin Nursery.

Central Park Zoo’s Penguin Chicks November 20, 2011

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The Central Park Zoo had a banner baby year.  Along with over 100 ducklings (including the sensational Chinese Mergansers) eight penguin chicks were hatched (four gentoo and four chinstrap) and hand raised by the Zoo’s dedicated staff. I was lucky to be able to watch them grow and thrive.  Now you can see what the fuss was all about on the Central Park Zoo website.  Follow our now grown chicks and see how it all began.

Here is the first of WCS’ videos coming your way.  This one features, Juan Romero as he tells us about ‘The Real Chicks of Central Park Zoo : How to Foster a Penguin.’