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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.

Mother’s Day – 2017 May 14, 2017

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers, caregivers, nurturers, pamperers, surrogates and loving coddlers out there. Our mother, Lillian Wolfe, is long gone, but her advice, warnings and general ‘Lili-isms’ live on in our daily lives.  She taught us to laugh at life, to think, to question authority, to march, to protest – to fight the good fight. She also gave  us our moral compass – one glance from Lillian told us instantly whether our behavior was acceptable or not – and I got a lot of glances.  My sister Terry and I remember many childhood events differently but we both agree that our mother was a  pistol. Here’s to Lillian Wolfe – she formed and informed what we are today.

Peek-a-Boo, I See You. April 30, 2017

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Central Park Zoo in January January 22, 2017

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6389It felt good to go back to work at the Central Park Zoo with camera in hand this week. Enjoy!cpz1-2017

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow January 8, 2017

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1/3/14

While recovering from knee replacement surgery (ouch) I continue to recycle some of my older Sunday photo montages until I am back in camera ready action. NYC got about six inches of snow this weekend and it reminded of our first big snow back in 2014.firstbigsnow2014

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

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

Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo July 31, 2016

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7/28/16

Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo was the zoo of my childhood and whenever I visit I get a few fond flashbacks. On this visit, I remembered there was an elephant named ‘Judy’ – so I googled it. Oh dear – sometimes, the outcome of a google is not very good news. It was a long time ago, zoos were very different back then and my memory of Judy the elephant remains sweet. A shout out out Kelly for spending some of her precious time with me during my visit. Fun!PPZ7.2016

Bronx Zoo – Summer 2016 July 10, 2016

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7/1/16

We had a terrific visit to the Bronx Zoo last week. I hadn’t been since last August and figured we were due for a visit.  We planned a weekday jaunt before the holiday weekend and enjoyed the zoo almost to ourselves.  It is nice to watch adorable baby gorillas, a baby otter, baby Titi monkeys, baby lemurs, and two sea lion pups without the sounds of screaming children (nothing against kids – but sometimes they are very loud). Take a day (wear good walking shoes) and visit this wonderful collection of animals. Note: While the bald eagle remains the national bird, but it is no longer the United States’ only wildlife symbol. On May 9, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act, officially making the bison the national mammal. The Bronx Zoo has a beautiful herd of these symbolic animals as does the Queens Zoo.BRONX7.2016

Smithsonian’s National Zoo July 3, 2016

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6/25/16

Washington is a great place to visit and no visit is complete without dropping by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The grounds open at 8AM and getting there early is a good idea. We were able to spend quality time admiring their four giant pandas – Tian Tian (male, age 19), Mei Xiang (female, age 18), Bao Bao (female, almost 3) and little Bei Bei (male, almost one year old). We learned their orangutan is pregnant and due in the fall and we missed the birth of their first sea lion pup in 32 years by only one day (darn it). It was a fun visit and a hearty shout out to Keeper Ashton for spending a generous amount of time with us.  We will be back.NATZOO6.16