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Central Park Zoo – Happy 29th! August 6, 2017

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This Tuesday (8.8.17) will be the 29th anniversary of the Central Park Zoo (in its present form). I am happy to say I have been involved with the zoo for the past 28 of those 29 years. The zoo began in the 1860s as a menagerie. The 1905 postcard above depicts the menagerie with the Arsenal (built in 1848 – which now houses our WCS administrative offices and the NYC Parks Dept). The zoo was modified in 1934 as part of the WPA with the addition of many new buildings arranged in a quadrangle around the sea lion pool. In a contract with NYC, the zoo was completely renovated in the mid-1980s and with much fanfare, reopened on August 8th, 1988, replacing the old-fashioned cages with naturalistic environments. There are many great old photos of the menagerie and zoo with a simple google search. Happy Anniversary!

National Zookeeper Week July 16, 2017

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The third week in July is National Zookeeper Week. I appreciate these terrific people all year long and dedicate this week’s photo montage to the 18 Zookeepers who make everything hum at my home base, the Central Park Zoo.  I thank you, one and all, for all you do – the unsung heroes – each and every day. We are open 365 days a year, thru rain, snow, summer heat and all holidays. National Zookeeper Week just started, how about if you go to a zoo this week tell a zookeeper how much they are appreciated? 

Last Gasp of Winter March 19, 2017

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Winter gave us one last gasp of cold, wind and snow this week. The animals at the Central Park Zoo did not mind at all. Come visit before it all melts away.

It’s Not Easy Being Green March 12, 2017

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In anticipation of this week’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations I thought gathering photos of ‘green’ animals might be fun. All of today’s photos are from the Central Park Zoo except for the bottom photo which is of green iguanas at the Prospect Park Zoo. And speaking of green animals, Kermit said it best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpiIWMWWVco

 

After the Snowstorm February 19, 2017

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6389snoqAll WCS zoos were closed on February 9th during the snowstorm. I was at the zoo bright and early the next day to catch our amazing collection as they emerged from their holding areas to see the freshly fallen snow. What fun.cpzsnow2-2017

Central Park Zoo in January January 22, 2017

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6389It felt good to go back to work at the Central Park Zoo with camera in hand this week. Enjoy!cpz1-2017

Airborne Redux January 15, 2017

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airborne-cubThis fun photo montage is one of my all time favorites. Coincidentally, I first posted it three years ago today. I am also pleased to report that I am returning to the Central Park Zoo this week with camera in hand. Thank you for all of your kind words about my knee surgery and recovery during these past nine weeks. airborne

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow January 8, 2017

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While recovering from knee replacement surgery (ouch) I continue to recycle some of my older Sunday photo montages until I am back in camera ready action. NYC got about six inches of snow this weekend and it reminded of our first big snow back in 2014.firstbigsnow2014

Hot Tub Hijinks December 18, 2016

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flying-monkeyAs I continue to recuperate at home after knee surgery, here is a fun photo montage from February of 2011. Some hot tub hijinks at the Central Park Zoo with the playful snow monkeys.hottubhijinks

Yummy Treats November 27, 2016

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6389As my knee continues to heal I am featuring a photo montage from 2013. Since we all had full bellies this week I wanted to share some of the tasty food enrichment zoo animals receive. Hope everyone had a very happy and tasty holiday.yum