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Year of the Pig February 3, 2019

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February 5th marks the Year of the Pig. Enjoy some of the beautiful pigs I have seen over the years. If you are not celebrating your zodiac animal, here are four other years we have shared. Year of the Snake, Year of the Monkey (that’s me), Year of the Rooster and Year of the Dog

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.

Buttonwood Park Zoo November 18, 2018

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Post Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas zoocation continues with a mini-zoocation to New England. First up was the delightful Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford MA.

The National Zoo November 11, 2018

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Post zoocation 2018 we took a short trip south to Washington DC. So much to see and do in that town but we always make time to visit the National Zoo. Enjoy!

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center October 28, 2018

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The eighth and final stop on our Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas zoocation was the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose Texas. A big shout out to Executive Director Kelley Snodgrass for welcoming us and giving us a thorough tour through this vast wildlife center. He regaled us with stories and history which made our visit that much more enjoyable. The center has 1800 acres with over 1100 animals. They are using the facility to breed and rehabilitate certain species, have a hugely successful cheetah breeding program and are involved in preserving the endangered Atwater chicken. We were fortunate to see their very young rhino up close and personal.
These past eight weeks you have joined me on our zoocation. My zoocation buddy, Mary Schwalm informs me that we drove 1287 miles, hit three states (eight zoos in seven days) and experienced nary a glitch. Other than lots of wind and a few very hot days we had no tornadoes and no rain. Looking forward to our next adventure.

Oklahoma City Zoo October 21, 2018

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Zoo #7 on our Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas zoocation was the enormous (119 acres) Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. It has about 1900 animals in captivating habitats. There was a lot of walking and gawking and we enjoyed ourselves a great deal. Also was introduced to an animal I had never seen before – a tayra (fifth row down on my photo montage). If you are near Oklahoma City I encourage you to visit.

Tulsa Zoo, Tulsa, Oklahoma October 14, 2018

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Zoo #6 on our Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas zoocation was the delightfully beautiful Tulsa Zoo . A big shout out to Evan Newpher who gave us a wonderful welcome and extensive tour of the zoo and it’s history. They have a terrific animal collection with exhibit areas divided into distinct temperature and climate zones. The rain forest features lush plantings and free roaming animals. It is an immersive experience that we enjoyed immensely. If you find yourself in that neck of the woods I encourage a visit.