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Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo (spring 2019) May 5, 2019

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I had another chance to spend a few days working at the Prospect Park Zoo this past month. The zoo looks beautiful and the collection animals active. Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo was the zoo of my childhood and whenever I visit I get a few fond flashbacks. Go visit if you can.

Aquarium of the Bay and Pier 39 April 28, 2019

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While visiting family in San Rafael, CA a few weeks ago we decided to do some touristy things and had a blast. We headed to Pier 39 to watch the California sea lions that have taken over those piers since 1989 and then headed to the nearby Aquarium of the Bay. A good time was had by all.
Three weeks from today (Sunday, May19) is my final photo session of the season and will be at my home base, the Central Park Zoo. There are still a few spaces left. If interested in this fun, before hours photo op check it out here.

Spring at the Philadelphia Zoo April 21, 2019

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We headed south for a day trip to the Philadelphia Zoo this week. Other than the enormous crowds (who knew it would be crowded on a Tuesday)? –  we had a fun visit. Many additions and upgrades were noted, including the repurposed polar bear exhibit which is now inhabited by penguins. Also we noticed many more bird habitats, tree top trails and food options. The Philadelphia Zoo is always a fun visit.

Oakland Zoo – April 2019 April 14, 2019

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Last week’s short sojourn to California to see family included a zoo visit of course. This time we chose the Oakland Zoo as it has had a major expansion over the past year. Last summer they opened the California Trail to the public, focusing on this state’s native wildlife. A fun gondola ride takes you to the top of the zoo where you are greeted with a delicious restaurant and great views. Along the trail, you encounter animals such as American black bears, American bison, California condors, eagles, gray wolves, grizzly bears, jaguars and mountain lions. The rest of the zoo is thoroughly enjoyable. If you are anywhere in the area I encourage a visit.

Spring at the Central Park Zoo April 7, 2019

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It is really spring! Filled with flowers, great light and a zip in one’s step. Come to my final photo session at the Central Park Zoo and see these beautiful animals featured in today’s montage enjoying all of the above. The photo session is called Spring Flowers and will be from 8:30 to 10:30 on May 19, 2019 – click here to sign up. There are still a few spaces left.

…and goes out like a lamb March 31, 2019

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March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Enjoy some of these sweet lambs in today’s photo montage. All of these photos were taken at my home base, the Central Park Zoo. Sorry to say they have all grown up now but I remember them as they were – so very cute.

Brooklyn’s New York Aquarium March 24, 2019

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The New York Aquarium is the oldest continuing operating aquarium in the US. It opened in Manhattan’s Battery Park Castle Garden in 1896. If you have ever boarded a ferry to take you to the Statue of Liberty that’s near where it was located. In 1957 it was relocated to Brooklyn’s Coney Island (and yes, I remember the opening). The Aquarium is part of the Wildlife Conservation Society which also runs four other parks including the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo (my home base), Prospect Park Zoo and the Queens Zoo. The Aquarium was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012.  A small, dedicated staff remained at the facility and saved over 90% of the animals in the collection. Fast forward to this past June and the Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Ocean Wonders: Sharks opened on June 30, 2018. It was time for a visit and we were not disappointed. Go visit and don’t forget to stroll down the boardwalk for some Nathan’s hot dogs and fries afterwards. Yum.

Green is Definitely the Color of the Day March 17, 2019

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Today is St. Patrick’s Day. It is customary to wear green clothing, shamrocks or an accessory; which is called the “wearing of the green“. Many of our Central Park Zoo animals sport green everyday. Erin go Bragh!

Brooklyn’s Best – The Prospect Park Zoo March 10, 2019

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The zoo of my childhood is always fun to visit. Seeing snow amidst the animal collection makes for some pretty photo ops too. Go visit!

The Orchid Show: Singapore at NYBG March 3, 2019

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We had a terrific visit to the New York Botanical Garden on Friday. The morning snow kept just about everyone else away as we lavished in the beauty of this inspiring showcase of Singapore’s national flower. I learned that orchids grow on every continent except Antarctica. The show goes until April 28th. I encourage you to visit. The photo above is my feeble attempt at growing two orchids. They have been alive for over a year so I guess I am doing an okay job. Plus – the cats don’t eat them.