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34th Anniversary of the Central Park Zoo August 7, 2022

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 Tomorrow is the 34th anniversary of the Central Park Zoo. I am happy to say I have been associated with the zoo for the past 32 of those 34 years (that is probably how I know most of you). Thought I would share some photos of our wonderful animals both past and present. See how many you recognize. The zoo began in the 1860s as a menagerie. The zoo or menagerie (as it was called) started inside and around 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. Check out some great photos from the early days of the zoo. https://www.nycgovparks.org/about/history/zoos/central-park-zoo. Come visit us soon and a very Happy Anniversary!

Stone Zoo in 2022 July 31, 2022

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Last month’s trip to New England also had us visiting the always improving Stone Zoo. We were lucky to discover a pre-hensile tailed porcupine mom and her baby porcupette who had been born the previous evening. Sometimes you just get lucky. It was a fun visit.

Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo July 24, 2022

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 Took a delightful trip to Massachusetts and few weeks ago to visit good friends. Among the fun things we did was visit the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. Our goal was to see their gorilla troop in their brand new outdoor exhibit. Sadly it was raining but I report that the new exhibit is terrific. Maybe next time?

National Zookeeper Appreciation Week – 2022 July 17, 2022

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The third week in July is when we recognize and celebrate the dedicated zookeepers who keep our zoos and aquariums humming. Zookeeper’s faces may change from year to year but the hard work, resourcefulness and commitment remain the same. I salute you all and especially the staff at my home base, the Central Park Zoo. Thank you for allowing me to take your photos while you perform your tasks with good humor. We are open 365 days a year thru rain, snow, summer heat and all holidays. National Zookeeper Week starts today. How about if you go to a zoo this week tell a zookeeper how much they are appreciated?

Analog City – NYC B.C. (Before Computers) July 10, 2022

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Ever wonder how anything got done before computers? I went to see this new exhibit at the Museum of the City of NY with a friend who is 25 years my junior. I recollected more than she did and we had lots of laughs, shared stories and generally recalled most of the treasures in this exhibit. Analog City: NYC B.C. (Before Computers) uncovers the array of tools, technologies, and lost professions that supported New York City as it exploded into a global metropolis in the pre-digital era. Focusing on the period between the 1870s and the 1970s, Analog City examines the technologies that enabled the city to reach its position as the “capital of the world” in an age before the speed and capacity of today’s digital technologies. Set against a contemporary backdrop of 24-hour news cycles and high-speed trading—in which questions about privacy, truth, and the impact of social media are increasingly pressing—the exhibition uncovers this bygone era of paper files and pneumatic tubes, of note cards and telephone directories, and examines how New York thrived as a center of finance, news, research, and real estate in an era before personal computers and the internet’. This exhibit is on thru the end of the year. Check it out and enjoy!

Red, White and Zoo in ’22 July 3, 2022

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Summer is a time for reruns. Accordingly I share last year’s July 4th post. This was a fun montage to create. I didn’t realize how many animals could be included in this red, white and blue themed photo montage. Wishing you a safe, happy holiday and keep those pets inside as most are afraid of the noisy fireworks.

Pride and Prejudice June 26, 2022

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It has been a long tough week for most of us. It is incomprehensible to lose a Constitutional right. The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides a fundamental “right to privacy” that protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose whether to have an abortion. That all changed on Friday with the outrageous SCOTUS decision. Thought I would try to put a smile or two on faces out there by sharing some photos of my little collection of critters as they celebrate Pride without prejudice.

Daddy’s Home June 19, 2022

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The photo above was taken before the beginning of time. It is of my father, my dear sister and me. My father is gone a very long time and our memories of him (while all good) are fuzzy. He was kind, funny and sang a little like Perry Como. He loved magic and playing pinochle. I even remember some of his card buddies names – Blind Jimmy and Fat Al are two that come to mind. The animal kingdom is dominated by female caregivers but there are exceptions. I have included some of those joint caregivers in today’s salute to fathers. Happy Father’s Day!

Birds of a Feather June 12, 2022

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  Feathers are colorful. Feathers are pretty. Feathers are fun. Feathers can tickle. You can put a feather in your cap and you can feather your nest. Wikipedia has a lot to say about feathers. Enjoy!

Chilling Out with Penguins June 5, 2022

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Some of the recent very hot NYC days got me thinking about chillin’ with penguins. Enjoy some of my cool penguin photos that include a few I took while on our 2005 Antarctica trip of a lifetime. Stay cool.