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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


Niagara Falls November 25, 2012

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While on zoo business in the area, we visited the spectacular Niagara Falls. Going off season was a great decision. Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. Here is a link to some of the wackadoodles who have dared to go over the Falls.  My favorite story is from 1911 when the infamous Bobby Leach plunged over the Falls in a steel barrel.   Bobby broke both kneecaps and his jaw during his daring event. Years later while touring in New Zealand, Bobby slipped on an orange peel and died from complications due to gangrene. 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 to hear and see the power of the Falls.

Buffalo Zoo July 15, 2012

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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!