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Hungry, Hungry Hippo! August 2, 2020

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 This is day 142 for me being home during COVID19. At my good pal Mary Schwalm’s request I am continuing with my theme of children’s games. Since Mary’s favorite zoo animal is the hippo – here we go.  Hungry Hungry Hippos is a table top game for 2–4 players. The idea for the game was published in 1967 by toy inventor Fred Kroll and it was introduced in 1978. The objective of the game is for each player to collect as many marbles as possible with their ‘hippo.’ These fun photos were taken at the Toledo Zoo (thanks Jeff), Sedgwick County Zoo and the Dickerson Park Zoo (thanks Katniss)). The two photos where both Mary and I are feeding the hippo is actually Henry, little Fiona’s father, before he moved to Cincinnati. RIP Henry. You were an amazing hippo. Stay safe please and wear a mask.

National Zookeeper Week 2020 July 26, 2020

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It is day 135 for me staying home during COVID19. I had a knee replacement on June 30. It seemed like a good time to do it since I needed it and was staying home anyway. I salute our dedicated zookeepers as we just celebrated National Zookeeper’s week. Zookeeper’s faces may change from year to year but the hard work, resourcefulness and commitment remain the same. I salute you all and especially the staff at my home base, the Central Park Zoo. You allow me to take your photos while you perform your tasks with good humor and I appreciate that. Hope to see you all soon. Stay Safe please and wear a mask.

Daddy Dearest June 21, 2020

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This is day 102 for me being home during the COVID19 pandemic. Tomorrow NYC enters phase 2. Woot, woot! Outdoor dining, indoor shopping, haircuts and playgrounds reopen. Not sure I will be doing any of those – but we shall see. I do hope you have been staying healthy, safe and wearing your masks. Not only is today Father’s Day but it is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. While most caregivers in the animal kingdom are mothers, there are some father’s who join in the role as caregiver. I salute all of those father’s out there in today’s photo montage. The photo above today’s salute is of my father and me. The photo was taken (circa) at the beginning of time.

Frogger June 14, 2020

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 This is day 95 for me being home during the COVID19 pandemic. NYC is now in phase 1 of reopening but since I am not in construction or manufacturing nothing has changed. Hope you all are being careful, staying healthy and wearing a mask. I decided to continue with the theme of games and so today I am featuring frogs in a salute to the 1981 arcade game called Frogger. I spy with my little eye, hide and seek and duck, duck goose were popular. Let’s see how you feel about frogs. GRIBBIT!

Zzzzzz’s April 19, 2020

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Do you find yourself catching some extra Zzzz’s these days. Are you bored? Are you yawning? This is day 38 for me staying at home as a non-essential person. Hats off and loud cheers to all of the essential folk out there. I appreciate your heroic and difficult efforts during this COVID19 pandemic. So what have I been doing? I have brought out my art supplies and hit the drawing board which feels pretty good. I am a bit rusty but other than my three cats and a dog, who is going to judge me? I keep in touch with the heroic zookeepers and education staff at the Central Park Zoo who are keeping everything going. I check in on my sick friends daily. I text a lot, enjoy some face-timing with family and friends and get and send many silly memes which always make me laugh. I try to reach out via telephone to two people a day and have longer chats than usual. Of course there are always dog walks. I read the newspaper – even the articles I am not very interested in. Am I bored? Not really. But I thought these yawning photos of animals might make you smile – and we all can use that. Stay safe out there.

Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits April 12, 2020

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A very Happy Easter to all who celebrate even though this year will be very different as we are still hunkered down during this COVID19 pandemic.

Rabbits are the ‘go to’ animal during this holiday. See if you can spot some of these breeds in today’s photo montage: Himalayans, Belgian Hares, Flemish Giants, Holland Lops, Giant Chinchillas, Dwarf Hotots, Harelquins, Thriantas. Oh – the top photo includes photos of my sweet compliant pretend rabbits Benny the Dog, One-eyed Jack, Mr Pepe and of course Roberta the cat. We have never had a bunny at Casa Lobo so this is the closest we could get.

Three Months with Mr. Pepe April 5, 2020

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 It is definitely going to be challenge to come up with different topics for my Sunday photo blog while social distancing and quarantining during this COVID19 crazy time.Luckily I have my own little zoo here at home. Today’s montage features my cats Audrey, Roberta and Pete as they adjust to having nine pound Mr. Pepe around the house. Mr. Pepe has been with us for the past three months and all is hunky dory. The cats have learned to scramble when the tennis ball I throw to Mr Pepe comes their way. There is an understanding at meal times who gets fed first. There’s lots of sniffing and staring but by and large everybody is cool with this new living arrangement. Hope you are all safe and healthy.

As predicted…and goes out like a lamb March 29, 2020

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As predicted, when I posted March comes in like a lion you just knew I would also post that March goes out like a lamb. I do hope that all of you are healthy and following the social distancing guidelines. It is day 16 for me at home and I am whittling down my ‘to do’ list. Think I either have to slow down or start to make another list. 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.

Social Distancing in the Animal Kingdom March 15, 2020

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We humans are generally social creatures. Our directive to socially distance ourselves in the age of COVID19 is a challenge for many. Sometimes it brings out the best in us – and sometimes…not so much. Many other animals form similar groups, families and herds in order to protect each other, form social bonds, gather food for the group and more. Wolves, buffalo, elephants, dolphins and the great apes are all examples of animals that depend on each other and their group for survival. There are other animals that live their lives independently. These animals with an independent nature prefer traveling and living on their own. They often only find another of their kind in order to mate or to fight over territory. Here are just some of the many animals that live solitary lives. I am staying at home for the time being. I have a long list of projects that I have wanted to do and now I have a chance to do them. Stay safe and wash your hands.

March Comes in Like a Lion… March 1, 2020

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Seeing as how March 1st falls on a Sunday I could not resist the corny idea of posting photos of lions.