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Summer’s End – Central Park Zoo September 25, 2016

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6389It is hard to believe that summer is over. Now is a great time to visit your local zoo. The crowds have mostly gone and kids are back in school. Next month the Central Park Zoo will be holding the first of three photo opportunities for animal and camera lovers. First up is – Zoo Views: Animals in Autumn – Saturday, October 22 from 8:30 to 10:30. Click here and sign up. It will be fun. Hope to see you there.cpz9-2016

Post Blizzard at the Central Park Zoo January 31, 2016

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6389There are few things as much fun as watching zoo animals step foot on newly fallen snow. We were at the Central Park Zoo the Monday after the big blizzard to witness this joy. Our Breakfast with the Birds class that was scheduled for Blizzard Sunday has been rescheduled for next Sunday, Feb 7th from 8:30 to 10:30. There are a few slots still available.  Come join the fun. Sign up here.POSTBLIZZARD

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 Last Gasp of Fall at the Central Park Zoo December 6, 2015

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6389The last colorful gasp of fall is in the air. The Central Park Zoo‘s temperate animals are more active, the crowds are thinner and it is a great time to visit the zoo. Come join us for another in our Photo Series on January 24th from 8:30 to 10:30 as we enjoy Breakfast with the Birds in the warm Tropic Zone. Get details and sign up here.

My zoocation buddy and good friend Mary Schwalm is again offering her amazing 2016 desk calendars. Most of the images are from this year’s Texas zoocation. The calendar makes a great gift for office an swap, holiday party, stocking stuffer, and a unique gift to enjoy throughout the year. Just $10 – for details click here.mary

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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

Staten Island Zoo – Part Two October 14, 2015

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10/9/15

Last Sunday I devoted my photo montage to adorable ‘AJ’ the baby tamandua.  Here are some of the other beautiful animals we met as well. Thanks again to General Curator and Veterinarian, Dr. Marc Valitutto for a fabulous visit.

Reminder – on Sunday, October 25th, I will be leading a photo workshop at the Central Park Zoo from 8:30 to 10:30.  The theme is PUMPKINS!  Up close and personal with animals enjoying pumpkin enrichment. Sign up here. SIZOO2

The Central Park Zoo – End of September September 27, 2015

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6389The Central Park Zoo has been my home base for the past 25 years.  I never tire of the collection of beautiful animals, the landscape, the NYC backdrop, or the variety of visitors, happy faces and delighted children. Today’s montage features just a small sampling of the collection.  Imagine if you will, some of these animals surrounded by carved pumpkins, filled with fun enrichment, during my Fall photo workshop on October 25th from 8:30 to 10:30. To register for the fun, sign up here.CPZSEPT15

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

The Cape May County Zoo August 23, 2015

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8/20/15

A good way to catch up with an old friend is to take a long drive. And so we did – all the way south to the Cape May County Park and Zoo. The zoo covers about 85 acres of habitats and is free – yes, free. This is my third visit to the zoo and it did not disappoint. We did not see any snow leopard cubs as we did in 2013  but we did see active ocelots, lions, tigers and cheetahs along with beautiful large savannah area. The zoo is open year round and I imagine it is delightful in all seasons.  And yes, my old friend and I are all caught up.

A reminder that we are running two photo classes at the Central Park Zoo and registration in now open. Do I hear pumpkins?CMCZ

Summertime, Summertime – sum sum Summertime August 9, 2015

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HIGH FIVEOur recent string of glorious, dry, summer weather has brought big crowds of animal lovers to the Central Park Zoo. Come join the fun and bring your camera. There is so much to photograph. Speaking of cameras, the Central Park Zoo’s Education Programs for fall and winter is now available on the zoo’s website.  Two photo workshops are being offered.  Check them out here under ‘adult programs. Hope to see you there.SUMSUM