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Splish Splash at the Central Park Zoo February 5, 2012

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Splish splash they were takin’ a bath! The Central Park Zoo has a fabulous collection of waterfowl.  But they are not the only ones that enjoy splish splashing at the zoo.  Come visit!

My zoo-cation pal, Mary Schwalm has been in Indianapolis all week working for her newspaper, the Eagle Tribune, in North Andover, MA.  She went to the Indianapolis Zoo to see if their residents had an opinion on today’s Super Bowl.  She rigged it – but it was fun to watch.  Go Giants!

 

 

 

 

Winter Fun (sans snow) at the Central Park Zoo January 8, 2012

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Hard to believe it is winter this weekend.  The temperatures are hovering around the 60 degree mark and the zoo is, as always, a great place to visit. Remember what it was like just one year ago? In case you forgot – here are two montages from around the same time last year – January 2 and January 16.

Below are some photos of this week’s winter fun (sans snow) at the Central Park Zoo.

Don’t forget, I will be presenting 2011 – A Year in Photos at the Central Park Zoo at the Fifth Avenue Apple store on January 11th at 7PM.  Come one, come all – it is free and it will be fun.

End of the Year Photos – 2011 December 31, 2011

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It has been a terrific zoo year filled with new faces and places.  And keeping up with tradition, I end the year with no ‘ifs,’ – just ends and butts. The new year will also bring several photo workshops that I will be running out of the Central Park Zoo. You can register for them now.

Don’t forget, I will be presenting 2011 – A Year in Photos at the Central Park Zoo at the Fifth Avenue Apple store on January 11th at 7PM.  Come one, come all – it is free and it will be fun.

We are also planning two zoo-cations to new places.  Looking forward to meeting fellow zoo nuts and wishing you all a very Happy and healthy New Year.

Visits to zoos other than the Central Park Zoo (which is home base) included:

– The Artis Zoo  in the Netherlands

– the New Zoo in Green Bay Wisconsin

– The Racine Zoo

– The Milwaukee Zoo

– The Lincoln Park Zoo

– The Shedd Aquarium

– The Brookfield Zoo

– The Southwick’s Zoo

– The Philadelphia Zoo

– The Franklin Park Zoo

– The Stone Zoo

Six Flags Wild Safari

LI Aquarium and Exhibition Center

San Francisco Zoo  and of course, our sister zoos,

-The Prospect Park Zoo

-The New York Aquarium

-The Bronx Zoo  and Queens Zoo

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.

Winterfest at the Central Park Zoo December 4, 2011

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I enjoyed the first evening of Central Park Zoo’s Winterfest this past Friday night.  It was fun and beautifully lit with thousands of lights. I hope my photos below reflect the beauty of the event. There are still two Fridays and Saturdays in December to enjoy the zoo until 6:30 p.m. You can stop by in the afternoon or after work for a stroll under thousands of twinkling lights. Visit cold-weather creatures, enjoy crafts and Wildlife Theater, see two wintry 4-D features, and watch the animals enjoy fish-cicles, fruits, and other favorite treats during holiday enrichment sessions. For a break from the chilly air, warm up with birds, lemurs, and tortoises in the Tropic Zone, a steamy 80 degrees all year long. You can also do some holiday shopping at the Zootique and enjoy treats and hot cocoa in the Dancing Crane Cafe.

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.’

Autumn at the Central Park Zoo November 6, 2011

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Eastern standard time brings shorter Central Park Zoo hours.  The zoo is now open daily from 10:00 to 4:30 until March 30th.  Reminder: Next Sunday’s photo worksop for teens still has a few openings.  Click here to sign up your favorite teenager. Fun and education are guaranteed.

Today’s photo visit to the Central Park Zoo introduces you to one of our new white-naped cranes, two Philippine ducks and a Texas Tortoise.  Also find a gila monster, pink-eared ducks, emerald starling, poison dart frog,  two snow monkeys, two muntjacs, a Rajah duck, snow leopard and more.

Pumpkin Fun at the Central Park Zoo October 30, 2011

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Last Sunday’s Fall Photo Workshop at the Central Park Zoo was terrific. A good time was had by all. Below are some of the shots I took while enjoying the pumpkin enrichment for some of CPZ’s residents.

Know a teenager that likes photography?  There are still a few spaces left in my workshop called Be a Wildlife Photographer! for teens at the Central Park Zoo on Sunday, November 13, from 9 to 10:30.  You can sign up on line here.

I shot this video last week while watching our playful Banded Mongoose ravage their pumpkin. Happy Halloween!