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David Traylor Zoo, Emporia Kansas September 30, 2018

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Zoo #4 on our Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas zoocation, the David Traylor Zoo was not on our original itinerary but what’s wrong with a three hour diversion to hit another zoo in Kansas? We went for it and were pleasantly surprised by what we found. The David Traylor Zoo is the smallest AZA accredited zoo in the nation and it is free. The zoo has nearly 400 specimens of birds, mammals and reptiles representing more than 80 species all exhibited in beautiful, natural habitats. The zoo also features exceptional botanical displays. Was it worth the three hour detour? You bet.

Also, I want to give you a heads up that there are now three new photo sessions listed on the WCS website. The first photo session (think pumpkins) is one month from today. All three can be found here.

Rolling Hills Zoo, Salina, Kansas September 23, 2018

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Zoo #3 on our Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas zoocation was the scenic and walker friendly, Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina, Kansas. What started out as a 64,000 square foot indoor natural history museum eventually also expanded into a zoo. Executive director, Bob Jenkins was our host and guide. He deftly explained the history of the museum and zoo and generously shared of his time. If you find yourself traveling through these lush, green parts of Kansas I encourage a visit. Thanks again to Bob Jenkins. My first of three photography opportunities at the Central Park Zoo is in five weeks. To see all three photo op workshops, click here

Sunset Zoo, Manhattan, Kansas September 16, 2018

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Zoo #2 on our Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas zoocation was the delightful and lovely Sunset Zoo in Manhattan Kansas. It is a meandering, pretty facility built on a steep hill. They have an African, Asian and South American trail along with a Kansas Plains and Australian walkabout. Lots to see and a fun visit. For those that like to take photos of wildlife I am holding three photo opportunities at the Central Park Zoo this fall, winter and spring. All three can be found here.

Pumpkinpalooza – 2015 November 1, 2015

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6389aThese fun photos were taken last Sunday at the Central Park Zoo‘s photo class. Come join us for another in our Photo Series on January 24th from 8:30 to 10:30 as we have Breakfast with the Birds in the warm Tropic Zone. Get details and sign up here.

On a personal note I want to thank all of you who responded so warmly to Friday’s post, Benny – In Memoriam. I truly appreciate all of your thoughtful and sympathetic words. I miss the little guy.PUMP2015

Lazy Summertime Zoo Yawns August 2, 2015

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bat yawnThe lazy hazy crazy days of summer are upon us. It is fun to photograph animals mid-yawning.  Enjoy today’s photo montage and try to keep yourself from a yawn.LAZY

Staten Island Zoo – May 2014 May 25, 2014

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MJ-TamanduaIt was fun to introduce a group of seven fabulous ladies to the Staten Island Zoo this week.  Once again, General Curator and Vet, Marc Valitutto, was extremely generous with his time and access.  A shout out to Marc and all of the fabulous animals at the Staten Island Zoo.

Want to see some beautiful birds up close and personal? Next Sunday, June 1 is our final Breakfast with the Birds photo event of the season at the Central Park Zoo.  For details and tickets, go to the website here.SIZOOMAY2014

In the Pink at the Central Park Zoo April 20, 2014

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the easter bennyINTHEPINK

The Detroit Zoo March 9, 2014

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detroit wolverineWhat do zoo nuts do when at a zoo reunion? We go to visit another zoo!  Last week’s Toledo Zoo gang drove to the Detroit Zoo for a fun afternoon. Enjoy!DETROITZOO

The Turtleback Zoo February 24, 2013

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bear boysWe visited Essex County NJ’s Turtleback Zoo this week.  I have not been here in a long time and it sure has grown in size and scope.  The collection is terrific and we adored the amazing komodo dragon.  They are building a new sea lion exhibit that should be opening by summer.  A return visit is in order.

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.  This desert rain frog (not at the Turtleback Zoo) is arguably the cutest thing I ever saw (and heard).  Enjoy this adorable creature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBkWhkAZ9ds

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Year of the Snake – I am a monkey – what are you? February 11, 2013

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Rhino snakeThis is the Year of the Snake in the Chinese Zodiac.  I am the Year of the Monkey.  What are you?

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