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No Ifs, Just Ends and Butts – 2012 December 30, 2012

Posted by judylobo in Central Park Zoo, Mammals, Nature, photography, Traveling, Wildlife, Zoocation.
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ZEBRA-BUTTSIt has been a great year for new faces, places and spaces.  Thank you for coming along for the ride. For those that are looking for exciting zoo photo outings, on Saturday, February 2nd (Groundhog Day) I will be running a Winter Photo Adventure for adults and children at the Central Park Zoo. We will go on a family scavenger hunt in the zoo using our cameras.  Ticket price includes 1 child and 1 adult. (Ages 6-18 with adult.)  Sign up here – it is listed under ‘family programs.’  For those that want to plan ahead we also have a photo adventure on April 14th and April 28th.  Check it out at the same site linked above.

In my eighth end of the year tradition, I bring you my closing photo montage and also take a look back at the new places that we have visited.  Keeping up with tradition, I end the year with no ‘ifs,’ – just ends and butts.  Looking forward to more zoocations in 2013.  Wishing you all a very Happy Zoo Year!

Yellowstone Winter Landscape

Yellowstone Wildlife

Suncoast Bird Sanctuary, Indian Shores FL

Homasassa Springs State Park

The Florida Aquarium, Tampa FL

Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL

Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa FL

Prospect Park Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

New England’s Stone Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

Queens Zoo

Utica Zoo

NY State Zoo at Thompson Park

Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park

Buffalo Zoo

Toronto Zoo

Safari Niagara Zoo

Seneca Park Zoo

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Southwick’s Zoo – Mendon, MA

Six Flags Wild Safari

York’s Wild Kingdom

Cape Ann Whale Watch

Safari West, Santa Rosa, CA

Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, Litchfield, CT


Cape Ann Whale Watch – Gloucester, MA September 9, 2012

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While visiting good friends in New England two weeks ago we opted for a sensational private whale watch off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts.  It was a joyous adventure with the sighting of over 15 whales including some mothers and calves. When Captain Nick turned off the boat’s engine we could  hear the whales breathing.  Very exciting indeed.  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 today’s video selection – beautiful whales.

It is getting to be that time of year when fall will soon bring some amazing colors.  I will be leading a Fall Photography workshop, once again at the Central Park Zoo on Sunday, Nov 4, 2012 from 9:00AM-11:00AM.  This class fills up quickly. Click on this Central Park Zoo link and sign up for some guaranteed photo fun before the zoo opens to the public.

Tennis, anyone? September 2, 2012

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I interrupt the usual Sunday zoo photos to bring you shots from the US Open where I am enjoying a two week stint.  The action is great, the sun is hot and it is a chance to watch other mammals strut their stuff.  Hope you enjoy this week’s send. Oh, and yes – that is my dog Benny – prominently featured above today’s photo montage.

Lazy, Hazy Crazy Summer Central Park Zoo Days August 12, 2012

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Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are lots of fun at the Central Park Zoo. This week’s assortment of fabulous animals features a very wet snow monkey, Hana, Zoey the snow leopard, Lobo the coati, one of the riot of colors poison dart frog, Biru the red panda, a white-naped crane, a bathing red bird of paradise, mousedeer, Chinstrap penguin and more.  That amazing pink color behind the snow monkey photo is the sensational crepe myrtle trees that bloom through the late summer. Come visit!

Prospect Park Zoo – Early August August 5, 2012

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The Prospect Park Zoo is the first zoo I ever visited – way, way, way back when I was a child growing up in Brooklyn.  It, thankfully, is not the same zoo that I remember but now a wonderful, ever growing collection of beautiful animals.  Southdown sheep, Fred and Ginger recently has a lamb,. There is a terrific new cow named Tetley, baby dwarf mongoose pups, an active frog collection, fabulous birds and of course, lots of primates.  Don’t forget to visit the walkabout to enjoy seeing the kangaroos, dingoes and very friendly Cape Barren Goose.

Central Park Zoo – end of July July 29, 2012

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It has been about two months since I sent out photos from my home base – the Central Park Zoo.  There’s lots going on, as usual, at the zoo. Our four species of penguins are fattening up for the upcoming molting season. Gus, the polar bear, plays with his toys in the cool refreshing pool. The three coati brothers (Lobo, Zev and Wolfie) continue to be playful and active most of the day.  Our fabulous sea ducks cool themselves off in the sprinklers and ponds.  Come visit soon and meet our two new sensational Hyacinth Macaws, located directly outside the Penguin House. Other animals featured today are the red crested turaco, Rahjah sehlduck, Jambu fruit dove, April the sea lion, a muntjac, Atlantic puffin, crested coua, red panda and snow monkey.

The Florida Aquarium – Tampa March 11, 2012

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Tampa’s Florida Aquarium was delightful.  While there you can also take a 90 minute boat excursion out into Tampa Bay and see some of their 500 wild Bottle-nosed Dolphins and some amazing diving Brown Pelicans.

Gotta Move it! February 19, 2012

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The Central Park Zoo’s  four sea lions – Scooter, April, Katie and Edith sure know how to leap, play, soar and move the crowds.  Here are just a few of their acrobatics.

If you like my photos and enjoy taking pictures yourself, why not come to the zoo for one of my photo workshops this spring? We have scheduled three workshops and you can read all about them and sign up on line here.

– One is 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.

– 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.

– 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.

Yellowstone’s Winter Wildlife January 22, 2012

Posted by judylobo in Animal Video, Birds, Mammals, photography, Wildlife.

Yellowstone National Park is spectacular anytime of the year but especially stunning in the winter. The crowds are gone and the wildlife and landscape are a snowy sensation.  Here is Part One of my photo montage/homage to Yellowstone’s winter wildlife.  For reference, the photos include the ever present bison (who have the right of way on the roads), pronghorn, big horn sheep, Barrow’s goldeneye ducks, a Dipper bird, Trumpeter swans and elk.

Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center November 13, 2011

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This week we took a ride out to Riverhead, Long Island to visit the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
(formerly called Atlantis Marine World Aquarium).

It is the home of lots of terrific, well lit, clean tanks filled with beautiful and amazing fish.  It is also the home to African Penguins, sea lions, seals, otters and four Japanese Macaques (snow monkeys).  The two older male snow monkeys, Pico and Juraco lived at the Central Park Zoo  and moved to a special new home which was built for them seven years ago. They were joined this year by two younger snow monkeys, Zeppy and Oz, who also lived at the Central Park Zoo.  It was great to see our little guys again. They all are looking great and seem to be enjoying the good life.

Enjoying this very short video of the Flamboyant Cuttlefish that we saw chowing down on some food. Be amazed at the tentacled-like projections that come from its mouth to grab the food.