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Svalbard: Land of the Midnight Sun July 9, 2014

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Svalbard WalrusPhotos from our amazing adventure to Svalbard, Norway with National Geographic/Linblad continue with Part Two. Of course seeing polar bears  in the wild was breathtaking but nonetheless fabulous were the walrus, seals, whales, reindeer and rich bird life. We reached the 80th parallel north and were about 600 miles from the North Pole. Part three will feature the beauty of the landscape. SVALBARDPARTTWO

Svalbard: Land of the Ice Bear July 6, 2014

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SVALBARD BEARI just returned from an amazing adventure to Svalbard, Norway with National Geographic/Linblad to visit the land of the midnight sun – the Arctic. The grand prize was seeing polar bears in the wild but the Arctic has so much else for adventurers including walrus’, seals, Arctic foxes, whales (Beluga, Humpback and Fin) and reindeer.  The richness of it’s bird life kept us busy scanning the skies and the waters.  We reached the 80th parallel north and were about 600 miles from the North Pole. Part two will feature more mammals, birds and the beauty of the landscape. A special shout out to a great crew and expedition naturalists. For those interested in maps, I have included a map of Svalbard below today’s montage.SVALBARDICEBEARSLand_Of_The_Ice_Bears_An_In-Depth_Exploration_Of_Arctic_Svalbard

San Francisco Zoo – Last Zoo Visit of the Year January 12, 2014

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Baby KabibeA New Year’s trip to the West Coast found us once again at the wonderful San Francisco Zoo.  Little Baby Kabibe, the young gorilla was adorable (even while sleeping) as were the adorable six baby peccaries.  This zoo holds a special place for my family and me A loud shout out to Dom Dorsa for his generosity and time.  You made our visit very special.

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End of the Year Photos – No ‘ifs’ – Just Ends and Butts (2013) December 29, 2013

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OKAPI BUTTIt has been a great year for new faces, places and spaces.  Thank you for coming along for the ride. I celebrate the end of my 10th year of Sunday montages, and following tradition I leave you with with no ‘ifs,’ – just ends and butts.  I am also taking a look back at some of the new places that we have visited. Looking forward to more zoo-cations in 2014 and wishing you all a very Happy Zoo Year!

Fort Worth Zoo
Dallas World Aquarium
Oakland Zoo
Beardsley Zoo
Dickerson Park Zoo
Kansas City Zoo
Blank Park Zoo
Minnesota Zoo
Como Zoo and Conservatory
The Raptor Trust
St Louis Zoo
Cape May County Zoo
Staten Island Zoo
Toledo Zoo
Southwick’s Zoo
Franklin Park Zoo
Turtleback Zoo
Philadelphia Zoo
San Francisco Zoo

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Summertime at the Central Park Zoo August 11, 2013

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LEMURThe abundance of rain has helped make our luscious zoo gardens even more beautiful  this summer.  The crepe myrtle are a wonderful pink as are the large hibiscus, beautiful roses and more.  They make a great background to view our fabulous collection of zoo animals.  Come visit.

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The Raptor Trust – June 2013 June 30, 2013

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feed meThe Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ  is a wonderful place to visit and support. Owners and operators Len and Diane Soucy hosted us last Sunday on a return visit to this amazing place.  Over the past 40 years Len has taken in, rescued, rehabilitated, released or housed as education animals over 90,000 birds. He has managed to rehabilitate and release almost half that number. Within the 14 acres there is a state-of-the-art medical facilities, quality exterior housing for several hundred birds, and an education building. My good friends who run the Binky Foundation and I plan another visit in the fall when they release a red-tailed hawk in memory of our dear departed friend, Barbara Rosenthal.

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Dickerson Park Zoo – Springfield, MO May 29, 2013

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Hippo funThe penultimate zoo of zoocation 2013 was the fabulous Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield MO.  A huge shout out to Erin Sorensen and Pam Gwin for making our visit so very memorable.  They were super generous with their time and spirit. We got to feed Henry the hippo, tickle a few black and white ruffed lemurs, hold a joey and nuzzle an Aldabra –  memories that will last a lifetime.  This zoo packs a big punch and if you are in the area I urge you to visit.

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Kansas City Zoo – Kansas City, MO May 26, 2013

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Kansas City Zoo MeerkatZoo #4 on zoocation 2013 was the enormous Kansas City Zoo.  A special shout out to Tim Steinmetz , KC Zoo’s Animal Curator for giving us such a warm welcome upon our arrival.  His tips helped us to navigate and save some steps. The zoo has almost every species you might expect and their soon to open state of the art penguin exhibit cries out for a return visit.

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Minnesota Zoo May 19, 2013

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Baby PenguinI credit good friend Jamie with our idea for zoocation 2013, when she relocated to the Minnesota Zoo, to become their Bird Supervisor.  Zoo #2 on was an all access pass with Jamie and her colleagues as they showed us their fantastic zoo. We got an up close and personal visit with their two adorable penguin chicks, a behind the scenes visit in the enormous tropics trail aviary, the Grizzly coast, the sea otter area, Minnesota trail and much more.  Looking forward to revisiting with Jamie in the coming years as we watch this already enormous zoo grow bigger and better. A big Lobo shout out to Jamie!

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Como Zoo and Conservatory – St. Paul, Minnesota May 15, 2013

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arctic fox-como zooZoo #1 on last week’s zoocation was the small and jam-packed Como Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul Minnesota.  Lots of ongoing construction promises future visitors an even greater experience.  Did I mention that it was snowing in Minnesota in May?  Yikes!

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