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Toledo Zoo and Aquarium – June 2019 July 7, 2019

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Last months visit to see old friends at the Toledo Zoo was simply terrific. The zoo grows bigger and better with each of my visits and this time I was lucky enough to see the newly opened Promedica Museum of Natural History too. I do not have photos of the new museum in this week’s montage but trust me, it was fabulous. There is so much to see and explore in this expanding zoo/museum/aquarium it is a full day’s visit. I have visited my friends eight times since they relocated to Toledo and each journey is special. I’ll be back for sure.

Potawatomi Zoo (and reunion 2019) June 23, 2019

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A recent trip to visit old friends in Toledo and South Bend, Indiana was loads of fun. Our friend, Josh Sisk is now acting director at the Potawatomi Zoo and is doing an amazing job. What a fun visit and reunion.  This 23 acre facility is beautiful – with a varied and interesting collection. The sightlines are wonderful and the habitats are large and user friendly to the visitor. They have eight species of primates, four species of big cats, Sichuan Takins (with two babies), camels, okapis and much more. There is something new and fascinating around every corner. Thank you Josh for your generosity and time. We loved our visit and will be back for sure.

Aquarium of the Bay and Pier 39 April 28, 2019

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While visiting family in San Rafael, CA a few weeks ago we decided to do some touristy things and had a blast. We headed to Pier 39 to watch the California sea lions that have taken over those piers since 1989 and then headed to the nearby Aquarium of the Bay. A good time was had by all.
Three weeks from today (Sunday, May19) is my final photo session of the season and will be at my home base, the Central Park Zoo. There are still a few spaces left. If interested in this fun, before hours photo op check it out here.

Spring at the Philadelphia Zoo April 21, 2019

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We headed south for a day trip to the Philadelphia Zoo this week. Other than the enormous crowds (who knew it would be crowded on a Tuesday)? –  we had a fun visit. Many additions and upgrades were noted, including the repurposed polar bear exhibit which is now inhabited by penguins. Also we noticed many more bird habitats, tree top trails and food options. The Philadelphia Zoo is always a fun visit.

Oakland Zoo – April 2019 April 14, 2019

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Last week’s short sojourn to California to see family included a zoo visit of course. This time we chose the Oakland Zoo as it has had a major expansion over the past year. Last summer they opened the California Trail to the public, focusing on this state’s native wildlife. A fun gondola ride takes you to the top of the zoo where you are greeted with a delicious restaurant and great views. Along the trail, you encounter animals such as American black bears, American bison, California condors, eagles, gray wolves, grizzly bears, jaguars and mountain lions. The rest of the zoo is thoroughly enjoyable. If you are anywhere in the area I encourage a visit.

No ‘ifs’ just ‘ends and butts’ – 2018 December 30, 2018

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It 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 15th year of Sunday photo montages, and following tradition, I leave you with with no ‘ifs,’ – just ends and butts. Below is a list of some of those places that we have visited. Looking forward to more zoo-cations in 2019 and wishing you all a very Happy Zoo Year! Smithsonian National Zoo, San Francisco Zoo, Georgia O’Keefe at the NYBG, Potawatomi Zoo, Toledo Zoo and Aquarium, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, David Traylor Zoo, Rolling Hills Zoo, Sunset Zoo, Topeka Zoo, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Oklahoma City Zoo, Tulsa Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo, deCordova Sculpture Park, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Stone Zoo, Southwick’s Zoo, Capron Park Zoo

Stone Zoo – 2018 December 16, 2018

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Our last mini-zoocation stop was the Stone Zoo in Stoneham MA. Lots of improvements to this 26 acre facility since we were there last year. A new entrance, several new exhibit animals, two amorous jaguars and of course twin snow leopard cubs made for an ideal visit. We will be back next year for sure.

Southwick’s Zoo – 2018 December 9, 2018

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The penultimate stop on our fall mini-zoocation is an annual favorite – the Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon MA. Southwick’s is always fun and I encourage you to visit. They are closed for the season now (except for several weekends). You can check out their website for dates. My zoocation sidekick and good friend Mary Schwalm has created another desktop calendar for 2019. I have already ordered mine and got them in the mail the other day. Check them out here. A perfect stocking stuffer.

Capron Park Zoo December 2, 2018

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Our mini-zoocation in late October continued with a visit to the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro MA. The Capron Park Zoo was established in 1937 on land donated by the Capron family. The zoo is situated on eight acres and has been open since 1937. We had not been to the Capron Park Zoo in about 10 years and were happy to see that some of the animals we remembered were still there. If you are in the area I suggest a visit.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum November 25, 2018

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We decided to mix it up on our recent mini-New England zoocation. Founded in 1950, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England encompassing 30 acres, in Lincoln, MA just 20 miles west of Boston. It was a fun adventure type of visit.