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Indianapolis Zoo – Mini-Zoocation Continues June 4, 2017

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It was a beautiful day with a sensational host. EVP Paul Grayson could not have been more hospitable, entertaining and gracious when we visited the Indianapolis Zoo on our Mini-Zoocation in early May. It is a big zoo with something for everyone. Meeting walrus’, rhinos, orangutans and dolphins up-close and personal were unforgettable experiences. Seeing their scarlet macaws free fly overhead throughout the day was also amazing. Thanks to Paul and an outstanding crew for this visit.

End of the Year Photos – 2016 January 1, 2017

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hnyjIt has been a good year for new faces, places and spaces.  Thank you for coming along for the ride. I celebrate the end of my 13th year of Sunday montages, and following tradition, I leave you with with no ‘ifs,’ – just ends and butts. Below is a list of some of those new places that we have visited. Looking forward to more zoo-cations in 2017 and wishing you all a very Happy Zoo Year!

Charles Schulz Museum,   One World Observatory,  The Audubon Zoo , Philadelphia Zoo,
Toledo Zoo, Potawatomi Zoo, Detroit Zoo, Pinola Aviary , Cheyenne Mountain Zoo,
Pueblo Zoo, Denver Zoo, Tracy Aviary, Hogle Zoo, National Zoo, Detroit’s Penguin Conservation Center. yearend2016

Expressive Faces December 11, 2016

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6389Week four of replay Sunday photo montages as my knee continues to heal. Here is a fun one from 2010.expressions

Say Ahhhhhhhhh! December 4, 2016

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6389couaAs my knee continues to heal I am featuring one of my photo montages from 2007. For those that are curious, the photo above is of a Northern Crested Coua chick.sayah

Roger Williams Park Zoo November 13, 2016

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10/29/16

Zoo # 2 on our New England mini-zoocation was Providence, Rhode Island’s Roger Williams Park Zoo. It has been a very long time since I had been to this zoo. It was the zoo of my RISD college days, where as young, art student, I would go to draw their amazing animals. Much has changed and it was fun to be back. They have a fabulous Jack-O-Lantern spectacular each year and we were lucky to be able to get to see it. A special shout out to PJ Jones, Animal Care Manager and Director Jeremy Goodman, DVM for taking such good care of us.rogerwilliams

Southwick’s Zoo – 2016 November 6, 2016

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10/28/16

For those that missed last week’s While at the Zoo I have a good excuse. I was in New England on my annual mini-zoocation to visit great friends, a few zoos and see those gorgeous New England fall leaves. Two out of three ain’t bad. The leaves were past peak but the zoos were terrific as was seeing my friends. Happy NYC Marathon to all (especially my three friends who are participating – go Alison, Tara and Lionel).southwicks2016

Toledo Zoo – Summer 2016 September 11, 2016

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8/19/16

Our whirlwind visit to Michigan, Indiana and Ohio winds up at the Toledo Zoo where several of my good friends now work. It is always fun to visit this terrific zoo, share new adventures and see an amazing collection. This has been a great end of summer mini-zoocation.tzoo

Potawatomi Zoo and Reunion September 4, 2016

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8/20/16

This was my third visit to the Potawatomi Zoo in just 17 months. My good friend Josh Sisk was the General Curator during this time. How could I resist visiting him and watching his curatorial creativity come to life at this beautiful 23 acre space in South Bend, Indiana? Josh is now headed to a new adventure in Los Angeles and the plan was conceived to visit him one last time combined with a fun reunion with the gang from Toledo and East Lansing. The lure of seeing three week old Amur leopard cubs was the icing on the cake. See you soon, Josh.POTAREUNION

Detroit Zoo’s Polk Penguin Conservation Center August 28, 2016

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Last week’s whirlwind trip to Michigan, Ohio and Indiana was lots of fun. Meeting up with good friends and seeing some new sights made for a perfect long weekend. The Detroit Zoo‘s new Polk Penguin Conservation Center is a 33,000-square-foot facility with a 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area where you can watch more than 80 penguins (King, Gentoo, Rockhopper and Macaroni) explore their habitat. The cool temperatures inside the habitat made for a great visit on a hot summer’s day.POLKPENGUIN

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