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Happy Zoo Year! December 31, 2017

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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 14th 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 new places that we have visited. Looking forward to more zoo-cations in 2017 and wishing you all a very Happy Zoo Year!

The Orchid Show 
The Met Roof 
Ft Wayne Children’s Zoo
Toledo Zoo 
Chihuly
Cincinnati Zoo
Oakland Zoo
Bronx Zoo
Legos at RBG
Food as Art
Southwick’s Zoo
A Zoo Grows in Brooklyn
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
Bosque del Apache
Albuquerque Zoo 

Albuquerque Zoo December 3, 2017

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Our recent visit to New Mexico included a visit to the wonderful 64 acre Albuquerque Zoo. A shout out to Karen and Keith for making our visit so very special. The zoo is beautiful and filled with a varied collection of amazing animals. They are in the midst of building a new penguin habitat that promises to be terrific. I will be back to see that when it is open next year.
 
My good friend and zoocation buddy Mary Schwalm has created another sensational 2018 Calendar. They are $10 each and are great for the office party and gift exchanges. CD sized calendar are perfect for a desk. Send an email at maryschwalm@gmail.com and get your order shipping by Monday. I have already sent her my check. (See sample below today’s photo montage).

Return to Southwick’s Zoo October 29, 2017

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I took my annual trip north to New England to visit good friends last week. We laughed, had great food, enjoyed the autumnal leaves and of course, visited a zoo or two. Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon MA is always on our list and does not disappoint. We will be back.

Wholly Toledo October 1, 2017

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Couldn’t resist the play on words about Toledo in today’s title. I have made umpteen trips to Toledo to visit good friends who have relocated there in the past few years. Every visit gets better and better. The Toledo Zoo grows more expansively each year and it is always a fun and adventurous place to visit. A shout out to Jeff, Jason, John, Chuck, Karen, Juan, Baby Olive, Juba, Leela, Picasso and Zack for the fun and laughs. I will be back soon.

Little Cats and Big Cats August 12, 2017

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I love cats – both big and small.  This week’s montage is dedicated to these gorgeous creatures.  See if you can identify 14 out of the 37 cat species in the world.

The Oakland Zoo July 30, 2017

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It has been four years since we visited the Oakland Zoo. I have always liked that zoo but now there are some even bigger improvements. They have added a whole lot of acreage and built a cable car that goes up the mountain to an event center with a delicious new cafe and extraordinary views of San Francisco. If you are in the area – go visit.

Cincinnati Zoo – mini-zoocation ends and my camera dies June 11, 2017

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Our mini-May Zoocation finale was at the Cincinnati Zoo. It was a rainy, bleak day and after one click, my camera died. We tried triage to no avail. After a small ‘woe is me’ breakdown I took out my iPhone 6s. All of the photos in today’s montage were taken with my smart phone. I like the Cincinnati Zoo (second visit) but the weather caused many of the animals to be indoors. Despite not seeing adorable baby hippo, Fiona, we had a great time. PS – they have the best insect house we have even seen.

 

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.

Ft Wayne Children’s Zoo – Mini-Zoocation Continues May 28, 2017

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May’s mini-zoocation continued with a visit to the delightful Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in Ft Wayne, Indiana. The zoo is a perfect size with a varied and interesting collection of animals. The site lines are terrific and there is something around each bend on the road to surprises. A big shout out to Ann Barker and Director Jim Anderson for making our visit so memorable.

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