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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!

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

 

The Orchid Show at NYBG March 5, 2017

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3/3/17

Every once in awhile I break from the usual Sunday zoo photos. We went up to the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx to see the Orchid Show: Thailand. It is an enormous exhibition filled with color, light, shadow, shape, sounds and smells. It is open through April 9th and I highly recommend a visit.orchids2017

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

The Queens Zoo -2016 August 14, 2016

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7/21/16

It has been way too long since I visited the Queens Zoo. The zoo has a very interesting history dating back to 1968.  This 13 acre facility has a collection that represents animals from the Americas. One of my favorite spots is the aviary which was the Buckminster Fuller-designed geodesic dome that served as the Winston Churchill Pavilion during the 1964-65 World’s Fair. Go visit – it’s fun.QZ2016

Springtime at the Central Park Zoo March 13, 2016

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6389aThe sky is bluer, the crocus’ have bloomed, the daffodils are peeking their heads through winter’s soil and there is a general feeling that spring is in the air. Come visit.CPZ3.2016

Wild at Heart February 14, 2016

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January at the Central Park Zoo January 17, 2016

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6389Still no sign of snow in NYC this winter but the temperate animals are loving the chilly air and blue skies. Next Sunday is our Breakfast with the Birds Photo class and there are a few spots left. Some of these amazingly beautiful birds featured today can be seen in our tropical rain forest where the class is held. Sign up here. CPZ1.2016

The Bronx Zoo – Sept, 2015 September 20, 2015

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9/18/15

I haven’t been to the Bronx Zoo since May of 2014 and figured I was due for a visit.  We planned a weekday jaunt while school was in session and enjoyed the zoo almost to ourselves.  It is nice to watch adorable baby gorillas, a baby otter, baby Wolf’s guenon and a baby titi without the sounds of screaming children (nothing against kids – but sometimes they are very loud). Take a day (wear good walking shoes) and visit this wonderful collection of animals.

For all of the camera enthusiasts out there, I’ll be running a Fall Photo Workshop at the Central Park Zoo on  October 25 from 8:30 to 10:30. I will arrange some special pumpkin and other activities so you can get great, up-close animal shots – all before the zoo opens to the public. Here is a link to last year’s photos from the same event.  To register for the fun sign up here.BRONX9.2015