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Gus the Polar Bear – In Memorium September 1, 2013

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GUS-1985-2013A picture is worth a thousand words is an apt expression for this week’s photo montage dedicated to one amazing polar bear. Gus, the polar bear who lived at the Central Park Zoo, was euthanized this week, at age 27.  Inoperable cancer took him away from us – but he left us (it is said over 20 million visitors had seen Gus) with wonderful memories and stories.  I was lucky enough to know Gus for 24 of his 27 years.  As an ambassador to a dwindling species he (and now deceased companions, Ida and Lily) represented the polar bear with dignity, grace and beauty. He always made me smile and there was never a day at the zoo that my camera was not focused on him. I miss him already. If these few photos are not enough for you, here is a link from a photo montage that I made last February 2nd, in honor of International Polar Bear Day. In memory of Gus, we have booked a trip to Arctic Svalbard to hopefully see polar bears in the wild. Here is a video I made back in 2007 or a younger, Gus enjoying the pool. GUShttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD0Q2E3zwf8 – 4.18.2007

The Summertime Yawns August 18, 2013

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Yawning TitiThose lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer bring on those summer time yawns.  Catching and then photographing one of the Central Park Zoo animals mid-yawn is always fun. Oh, there is one beautiful face that does not belong today – can you find him?


There’s no place like home… July 7, 2013

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Rodriguez Fruit BatIt has been a couple of months of Sundays (and occasional Wednesdays) since I have featured my home base, the Central Park Zoo.   There’s lots going on at NYC’s little gem of a zoo.  We have three Swan Goose goslings, young Patagonian Cavy twins, baby Banded Mongooses and a young Victorian Crowned Pigeon.  The usual cast of other wonderful animals includes Gus the polar bear, three acrobatic sea lions, April, Katy and Edith and the largest sea duck collection in a zoo in North America.  Come visit – There’s no place like home!


Spring at the Central Park Zoo March 31, 2013

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the easter bennyRarely a holiday goes by (whether we celebrate it or not here at Casa Lobo) that doesn’t cry out for a new hat that Benny the dog can wear. Enjoy this year’s Easter Benny..

Spring has sprung at the Central Park Zoo. The flowers are waking up after a long winter, and our animals are more active than ever.  Come visit us.

Our Breakfast with the Birds class (April 28th) is sold out but there are a few spaces left in our Family Program, Images in Spring (Sunday, April 14th from 9 to 10:30).  This family program is designed for parents and kids to share a photo adventure before the zoo opens. Click here for details and to sign up.


A Salute to Gus on International Polar Bear Day February 27, 2013

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GUSFebruary 27th is International Polar Bear Day. Accordingly, I decided to salute the Central Park Zoo’s 27 year old charismatic polar bear, Gus.



Winter Arrives at the Central Park Zoo February 10, 2013

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Enez in hot tubFriday’s storm (aka Nemo) hit the Big Apple with a gentle touch.  Nothing could keep me from getting some post-storm shots at the Central Park Zoo.  Enjoy the snow loving animals and please watch my friend and zoocation buddy, Mary Schwalm’s  time lapse video of little Barbie getting creamed by a heavy hitting Nemo in her backyard in North Andover MA.   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. WINTERARRIVESCPZ

A June Day at the Central Park Zoo June 3, 2012

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June is busting out all over the Central Park Zoo. There’s so much to enjoy when you plan a day at the zoo. Along with our fabulous collection of penguins, puffins, sea ducks, black and white ruffed lemurs, red pandas and of course, Gus, our polar bear we now have a collection of bugs!

Whose Toes Are Those? February 26, 2012

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For those that like games – try to guess whose toes are those? Yes, some of the photos feature hands and paws, but play along anyway.  See how many you can guess correctly. The answers are below today’s photo montage.

Row Above Title: Chinstrap Penguin
Row 1:  Tapir, Malaysian Flying Fox, Meerkat
Row 2: Eagle, Elephant
Row 3: Water Monitor, Collared Lemur, Amazon fronted parrot
Row 4: Ringtail Lemur, Tapir
Row 5: Polar bear, Sloth bear, Baboon
Row 6: Nicobar pigeon, Tree Kangaroo
Row 7: Turtle, Silvery Marmoset
Row 8: Andean Bear, Snow Monkey
Row 9: Cotton-top Tamarin, Baboon

Meet Lobo, Zev and Wolfie September 26, 2010

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Introducing my namesakes, Lobo, Zev and Wolfie, three adorable four month old baby Mountain Coatis, who can now be seen upstairs in the Tropic Zone Building at the Central Park Zoo.  I might be a bit biased, but I think  these  three brothers are the cutest things at the zoo.  Their neighbors, the Banded Mongoose and the Dwarf Mongoose have been checking them out.  There is lots to see at the Central Park Zoo – come visit.  Don’t forget to click on the link below the photos to see my short video of the brothers.

If you want to see these photos larger go here.