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Year of the Dog February 11, 2018

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February 16th starts the (Chinese) Lunar New Year. It is the year of the dog. I will use as today’s doggie model — my adorable boy, JackThe other zodiac signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. If you don’t know what you are you can find it here. Happy New Year to one and all (and if you have already broken your New Year’s resolutions from a month ago – you can start all over on the 16th). Fond of reliving other years? Click on these oldies but goodies. Year of the Monkey, Year of the Rooster, and Year of the Snake.

Madison the Elder Cat – In Memorium February 4, 2018

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In October of 2001 the superintendent of my building called me up and asked if I wanted a cat. It seems that a kitten had walked into the lobby of my building and just sat down. I rushed downstairs and found a little bundle of fur. And that was that. Fast forward almost 17 years and Madison crossed that very crowded rainbow bridge this week. Truth be told, she was not a very nice cat. That was part of her charm. She harrumphed around the apartment, hissed at her roommates and generally had a bad attitude. All of those aforementioned things made me love her even more. When she came to live with us I had two other cats, whom she learned to hate. A few years later Benny the dog came to live with us. She was not fond of him either. She outlived those animals and then got to share her space with kitten sisters Audrey and Roberta and eventually Jack the one-eyed dog. She did not like any of them either. Do I miss this grumpy cat? You bet.

The Binky Foundation is a private charitable organization (run by good friends of mine) dedicated to the protection of domestic and wild animals and the protection and expansion of their habitats. They have a Remembrance page  devoted to pets we have loved and lost. I have donated in the name of many of my friends’ pets. It helps this wonderful foundation do great things. I thought while you were waiting for the Super Bowl to start you might want to visit some of these Remembrances. All were beautiful animals who are still missed by their human families. I salute them all.

The Eyes Have It January 28, 2018

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Zoo photography is both challenging and fun. They say the eyes are the window to the soul – I don’t know about that – but I do know if you can capture a gorgeous creature looking back at you – it is a great photo moment. Today’s montage is devoted to those moments. And yes, you will see my Jack the one-eyed dog depicted here as well. Speaking of Jack, while on a walk in Madison Square Park on Friday we met the Dogist. He took Jack’s photo, chatted and we shared some information. The rest is history. As of this morning, his Instagram photo of Jack had 155,000 likes.

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 
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.