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Tropical Respite January 21, 2018

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I decided to take a break from this winter’s cold and spend some quality time in the Central Park Zoo’s tropical rain forest. It was a very good idea. Enjoy these warm photos.

Before the Big Thaw January 14, 2018

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Before this week’s 50 degree surge in temperatures we enjoyed some more snowy fun at the Central Park Zoo. There is one more photo series (called Valentine Tails) which will be held on Sun, Feb 11, 2018 8:30AM – 10:00AM. There are a few spaces left. Think hearts and fun.

When your first name is snow… January 7, 2018

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Most of us experienced bone chilling temperatures this week along with Thursday’s bomb cyclone snowstorm. The option of staying home eluded me and off I went to my home base, the Central Park Zoo. It was frigid, it was windy, it hurt – but worth it to watch the animals whose first names are ‘snow’ enjoy the storm. The top eight rows of photos depict our snow leopards and snow monkeys and were taken Thursday and the bottom five rows of photos are vintage 2014 pics. Special note to Central Park Zoo fans – the top photo is of our new male snow leopard named Kumush. If you are stuck inside in this frozen tundra of weather why not visit my youtube site. I haven’t uploaded a video in a very long time but there are 10 years of videos for you to enjoy. I am closing in on a million views.

Happy Zoo Year! December 31, 2017

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It has been a good year for new faces, places and spaces.  Thank you for coming along for the ride. I celebrate the end of my 14th year of Sunday photo montages, and following tradition, I leave you with with no ‘ifs,’ – just ends and butts. Below is a list of some of those new places that we have visited. Looking forward to more zoo-cations in 2017 and wishing you all a very Happy Zoo Year!

The Orchid Show 
The Met Roof 
Ft Wayne Children’s Zoo
Toledo Zoo 
Chihuly
Cincinnati Zoo
Oakland Zoo
Bronx Zoo
Legos at RBG
Food as Art
Southwick’s Zoo
A Zoo Grows in Brooklyn
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
Bosque del Apache
Albuquerque Zoo 

Happy Holidays to One and All! December 24, 2017

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In this penultimate photo montage of the year I bring you photos of my little zoo at home. Hoping your holiday season is filled with cheer. From Jack, the One-eyed Dog, Madison the Elder cat, sisters Audrey and Roberta and of course, me.

Let it Snow! December 17, 2017

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We had three days of snow in NYC this week. I am lucky. I do not have to shovel or drive in the snow. I am a mass transit kind of gal. I get to reap the rewards of freshly fallen snow photographing beautiful animals enjoying it as much as I do. That said, I salute the zookeepers, managers and maintenance department for working so hard to get our zoo open at 10AM so that the public can enjoy a  beautiful, safe space.

My good friend and zoocation buddy Mary Schwalm has created another sensational 2018 Calendar. They are $10 each and are great for the office party and gift exchanges. CD sized calendar are perfect for a desk. Send an email at maryschwalm@gmail.com and get your order shipping by Monday. I got mine in the mail and love them. (See example below today’s photo montage).

Brooklyn’s Best – Prospect Park Zoo December 10, 2017

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Had another chance to spend the day working at the Prospect Park Zoo this week. The zoo looks beautiful and the collection animals active. I probably spent too much time watching the baby red panda Ban Li and and his mom, Willow. Go visit if you can.

Albuquerque Zoo December 3, 2017

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Our recent visit to New Mexico included a visit to the wonderful 64 acre Albuquerque Zoo. A shout out to Karen and Keith for making our visit so very special. The zoo is beautiful and filled with a varied collection of amazing animals. They are in the midst of building a new penguin habitat that promises to be terrific. I will be back to see that when it is open next year.
 
My good friend and zoocation buddy Mary Schwalm has created another sensational 2018 Calendar. They are $10 each and are great for the office party and gift exchanges. CD sized calendar are perfect for a desk. Send an email at maryschwalm@gmail.com and get your order shipping by Monday. I have already sent her my check. (See sample below today’s photo montage).

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade November 26, 2017

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We scored bleacher tickets to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Truth be told, I am not a fan of parades, but my house guests were thrilled – so off we went. The bad news was that we arrived so early so had to endure the frigid temperatures for almost two hours before the parade. The good news is that we got great seats. We totally enjoyed the event. The crowd was upbeat, the kids delightful and my hats off to the many New York City workers who held it all together. We had to leave early in order to get ready for our own turkey dinner so we missed Santa’s arrival. We all thawed out by around three PM. Most likely I will not repeat this activity – but we had a grand time. Thank you Macy’s and NYC.

Bosque del Apache November 19, 2017

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We spent five fun-filled days with a great friend in Albuquerque NM last week. She had been inviting me for many years to come visit the Bosque del Apache refuge to see the wintering grounds of the sandhill crane, snow geese and more. We delighted at both sunset and sunrise to see the birds flock by the thousands. The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is located in southern New Mexico. It was founded in 1939 and is administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  An eight mile loop allows us to view these amazing animals without disturbing them.