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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!

Prospect Park Zoo, Summer 2017 July 23, 2017

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Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo was the zoo of my childhood and whenever I visit I get a few fond flashbacks. On this visit, I remembered there was an elephant named ‘Judy’ – so I googled it. Oh dear – sometimes, the outcome of a google search is not very good news. But, it was a long time ago and zoos were very different back then. My memory of Judy the elephant still remains sweet. Go visit!

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? 

Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden June 25, 2017

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It has been about 10 years since Dale Chihuly’s work was last seen at NYBG. Dale Chihuly is an international art star. He changed the course of glass art with his innovation, creativity and amazing talent. I’ve been following his work since his days of glass blowing at RISD’s Tillinghast Farm where we both went to school in the ’60’s. In 2014 we went to Seattle and saw his beautiful work at the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in the shadow of the Space Needle. This new exhibit at NYBG is inspiring and if night lights are something you like, why not go for the evening and see some of his work in a different light?

Ahhh, Spring April 23, 2017

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Up on the Roof April 16, 2017

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Timing is everything. We happened to go to the Metropolitan Museum on opening day of their new site specific roof installation. The Theater of Disappearance by Argentine artist, Adrian Villar Rojas was a curious joy to behold. Rojas, only 37, is the youngest artist to have this honor bestowed upon him. It is a 21st century installation created with digital imagery, 3d printing and mashups. Did I understand it all? Absolutely not – but I sure did enjoy it. If you are curious, here is a terrific, explanatory review of the installation. If you go to see it (thru October 29th), perhaps ordering a cocktail at the roof bar is a good idea.

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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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

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