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PENGUINS! April 26, 2020

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Yesterday was World Penguin Day. I set aside what I was going to post this week to continue to celebrate these charming animals. They surely deserve more than one day of celebration. I was lucky to take the trip of a lifetime in 2005 to Antarctica, the Falklands and South Georgia. It was fun to look at our trip through my old photos. I selected some to share with you today. I hope they bring a smile to your face. Today is day 45 for me being home during COVID19. I continue to try to keep a schedule and to do some constructive things to keep my mind and idle hands busy. I hope you are all safe and staying healthy.

Zzzzzz’s April 19, 2020

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Do you find yourself catching some extra Zzzz’s these days. Are you bored? Are you yawning? This is day 38 for me staying at home as a non-essential person. Hats off and loud cheers to all of the essential folk out there. I appreciate your heroic and difficult efforts during this COVID19 pandemic. So what have I been doing? I have brought out my art supplies and hit the drawing board which feels pretty good. I am a bit rusty but other than my three cats and a dog, who is going to judge me? I keep in touch with the heroic zookeepers and education staff at the Central Park Zoo who are keeping everything going. I check in on my sick friends daily. I text a lot, enjoy some face-timing with family and friends and get and send many silly memes which always make me laugh. I try to reach out via telephone to two people a day and have longer chats than usual. Of course there are always dog walks. I read the newspaper – even the articles I am not very interested in. Am I bored? Not really. But I thought these yawning photos of animals might make you smile – and we all can use that. Stay safe out there.

Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits April 12, 2020

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A very Happy Easter to all who celebrate even though this year will be very different as we are still hunkered down during this COVID19 pandemic.

Rabbits are the ‘go to’ animal during this holiday. See if you can spot some of these breeds in today’s photo montage: Himalayans, Belgian Hares, Flemish Giants, Holland Lops, Giant Chinchillas, Dwarf Hotots, Harelquins, Thriantas. Oh – the top photo includes photos of my sweet compliant pretend rabbits Benny the Dog, One-eyed Jack, Mr Pepe and of course Roberta the cat. We have never had a bunny at Casa Lobo so this is the closest we could get.

Three Months with Mr. Pepe April 5, 2020

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 It is definitely going to be challenge to come up with different topics for my Sunday photo blog while social distancing and quarantining during this COVID19 crazy time.Luckily I have my own little zoo here at home. Today’s montage features my cats Audrey, Roberta and Pete as they adjust to having nine pound Mr. Pepe around the house. Mr. Pepe has been with us for the past three months and all is hunky dory. The cats have learned to scramble when the tennis ball I throw to Mr Pepe comes their way. There is an understanding at meal times who gets fed first. There’s lots of sniffing and staring but by and large everybody is cool with this new living arrangement. Hope you are all safe and healthy.

As predicted…and goes out like a lamb March 29, 2020

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As predicted, when I posted March comes in like a lion you just knew I would also post that March goes out like a lamb. I do hope that all of you are healthy and following the social distancing guidelines. It is day 16 for me at home and I am whittling down my ‘to do’ list. Think I either have to slow down or start to make another list. Enjoy some of these sweet lambs in today’s photo montage. All of these photos were taken at my home base, the Central Park Zoo. Sorry to say they have all grown up now but I remember them as they were – so very cute.

Hope Springs Eternal March 22, 2020

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Happy unusual spring to all of you. Hope springs eternal was coined by Alexander Pope in An Essay on Man in 1732 and quickly became proverbial. If you are like me, you are hunkering down, socially distancing, washing your hands and making a list of things you definitely, positively will do during this pause in all of our lives while we combat COVID19. Since I am committed to making a photo montage each Sunday (I have considered it a creative challenge for the past 17 years) I was stumped as to what to post this morning. How many photos of my three cats and my dog do you really want to see?I decided that we all need to smile and nothing makes me smile more than baby animals. All of these adorable baby photos were taken at my home base, the Central Park Zoo over the years. Once again – a tremendous salute to all of the people who are at the zoo taking care of our beautiful collection of animals and taking care of the facility and keeping it secure. I look forward to coming back soon.

When Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling March 17, 2020

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We are living through strange times because of COVID19. It is the first time NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, which draws about 150,000 marchers and two million spectators, will not go on as planned in more than 250 years. It is, like most things, postponed until a later date. I salute the many zookeepers and zoo employees around the US for taking care of our amazing animal collections and facilities while this virus circulates. Stay safe and wash your hands. The photo above the title is my dog, Mr. Pepe, who is doing his best to celebrate at home.

Social Distancing in the Animal Kingdom March 15, 2020

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We humans are generally social creatures. Our directive to socially distance ourselves in the age of COVID19 is a challenge for many. Sometimes it brings out the best in us – and sometimes…not so much. Many other animals form similar groups, families and herds in order to protect each other, form social bonds, gather food for the group and more. Wolves, buffalo, elephants, dolphins and the great apes are all examples of animals that depend on each other and their group for survival. There are other animals that live their lives independently. These animals with an independent nature prefer traveling and living on their own. They often only find another of their kind in order to mate or to fight over territory. Here are just some of the many animals that live solitary lives. I am staying at home for the time being. I have a long list of projects that I have wanted to do and now I have a chance to do them. Stay safe and wash your hands.

Spring Forward – Fall Back March 8, 2020

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 It is that time of year when we spring forward our clocks and next October 31, we fall back. Here are a few tidbits about the history of Daylight Savings Time. My dear friend Mary, who was raised in Arizona, hates when we change the clocks. Only Arizona and Hawaii stick with one time all year round. Did you know both China and India have only one time zone? I don’t have an opinion about changing the clocks – I just love clocks. I have more clocks in my house than I need but I like looking at them. And by the way – I am never late. Here’s a fun article about them and the man who changes some of the clocks in NYC. FYI – there are only five spaces left in our fun before zoo hours photo session at the Central Park Zoo on April 26th – Tempus fugit!

March Comes in Like a Lion… March 1, 2020

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Seeing as how March 1st falls on a Sunday I could not resist the corny idea of posting photos of lions.