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Enrichment at the Central Park Zoo August 19, 2012

Posted by judylobo in Nature, photography, Red Pandas, Sea LIons, Snow Monkeys, Wildlife, Zoo.
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Enrichment is a big part of daily life at zoos. Hidden treats are a great way to keep the animals interested, busy and stimulated throughout the day. Summertime gives them even more enrichment as our many Central Park Zoo campers create enrichment for many of the zoo residents.  This photographer is enriched by being able to snap away as the animals enjoy their treats. Check out this video of zoo animals eating that I created back in 2007. 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.

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

Posted by judylobo in Central Park Zoo, Mammals, Mongoose, Mountain Coati, Nature, photography, Red Pandas, Snow Leopard, Snow Monkeys, Wildlife, Zoo.
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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.

Buffalo Zoo July 15, 2012

Posted by judylobo in Baby Animals, Nature, photography, Traveling, Wildlife, Zoocation.
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The 8th and final zoo on our zoocation, was The Buffalo Zoo – and what a  zoo it is.  There were surprises around every corner.  It seems that sometimes a zoo map does not reveal all that there is to see. Not only did we see meerkat babies, we saw a tiny wallaby joey still in the pouch, agouti babies, a snow monkey baby, boat-billed heron chicks, and more.  Their tropical rainforest is sensational (complete with occasional rain) and to add icing to an already delicious cake, a former Central Park Zookeeper now works at the Buffalo Zoo and we were able get some memorable behind the scenes access. Thanks Shanna!

Speaking of zookeepers, today is the start of Zookeeper Appreciation Week.  If you happen to visit a zoo this week, why not tell a zookeeper how much you appreciate what they do – I know I will.

So this photo montage completes our 2012 summer zoocation. Does anyone have a favorite zoo they would like to tell me about?  Maybe my zoo buddy and I can start planning a zoocation from one of your suggestions (assuming we haven’t already visited).  She tells me we have been to 78 unique zoos together since we started this whole thing about five years ago.

Safari Niagara Zoo July 8, 2012

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Zoo #6 on our zoocation was an unplanned visit.  Since we had the time and energy we crossed the Canadian/US border for the first of four times on our way to the Safari Niagara Zoo in Stevensville, Ontario. It was hot and there was way too much cyclone fencing but it was a fun visit with an active hippo.  My zoo buddy adores hippos.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, Syracuse, New York July 1, 2012

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Zoo #4 on our summer zoocation was the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, Syracuse, New York. We met some new zoo friends who generously shared some of their time with behind the scenes activities for us.  The collection of animals was great, especially the delightful spectacled bear brothers and young penguins. Enjoy!

The Utica Zoo June 30, 2012

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Zoo #3 on our summer zoocation was the Utica Zoo in Utica, New York.  A mid-afternoon arrival is never the best for a zoo visit but we did find some beautiful animals who perked up when they saw us.  Getting to the zoo along New York’s Blue Highways, rather than major roadways, was also a delight.

New York State Zoo at Thompson Park June 27, 2012

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Zoo #2 on our summer zoocation was  The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park in Watertown, NY. Zoo news promised us wolf pups, so off we drove.  We got a little peek at a few of them through cyclone fencing and deep wooded cover.  I cannot say that I blame the little pups for taking naps — but we sure wanted to see them frolicking. Oh well – it was a nice small zoo with some active animals. Enjoy.

Who’s Your Daddy? June 17, 2012

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Happy Father’s Day!  Enjoy this photo salute to some of the animal kingdom’s Dads.

Lip Lickin’ Cute June 10, 2012

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I love photo themes.  Some recent themed posts include ‘Whose Toes are Those, Gotta Move It,’Apples and Oranges‘ and ‘Think Snow in July‘. Today’s theme is ‘Lip Lickin’ Cute.’  Enjoy! 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 today’s video selection.