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Late Fall at the NY Aquarium January 26, 2020

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My California family visited NYC Thanksgiving week. We did lots of great fun touristy things like walking over the Brooklyn Bridge and then having Grimaldi’s pizza in Brooklyn (yum), the Thanksgiving Day parade, the High Line and the Vessel at Hudson Yards. Not to be missed was a chance to go to Coney Island for some delicious Nathan’s hot dogs and fries. While at Coney Island we also visited the NY Aquarium. We were lucky that it was not crowded and could spend more quality time with these beautiful sea creatures.It was a fabulous week.
 Two weeks to go until our February 9th Central Park Zoo Valentine themed photo session. Sign up here for some before the zoo opens photo fun.

No ‘if’s – Just Ends and Butts – 2019 December 29, 2019

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 It has been another good photo year for new faces, places and spaces.  Thank you for coming along for the ride. I celebrate the end of my 16th 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 the places that we have visited in 2019. We have not plotted out our 2020 zoocation but are looking forward to more zoos next year and wishing you all a very Happy Zoo Year!
 National Zoo, NY Aquarium, The Orchid Show, Aquarium of the Bay,
Philadelphia Zoo, Oakland Zoo, NYC Pride Parade, Potawatomi Zoo, Toledo Zoo,
Queens Zoo, Boogie Down Bronx Zoo, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium,
BBQ in the Sky, Oregon Zoo, Northwest Trek, Pt Defiance Zoo, Oregon Coast Aq,
SF Zoo, Macys Parade. 

Prospect Park Zoo – Winter 2019 December 15, 2019

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 I had the pleasure of spending a few days in the past month at the Prospect Park Zoo. As some of you know – this was the zoo of my childhood so it holds a very special place in my heart. I googled Prospect Park Zoo and got some interesting history facts here. Please visit if you can while their two red panda cubs are still young and you might also get to see their week old baby boy Hamadryas baboon.
 Can’t decide what to get that special somebody on your holiday list? How about buying tickets to one of Central Park Zoo’s photo sessions. Check them out here:

Zoocation 2019 ends with the San Francisco Zoo December 8, 2019

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The 9th and final stop on Zoocation 2019 was the always enjoyable San Francisco Zoo. My good friend and Co-Director of Animal Care Dom Dorsa greeted us and spent quality time showing us all of the new things that are happening at the zoo. I have been coming to SF Zoo for the past 20 years and it feels like a very comfortable second home. Thanks Dom for spending time with us. We will be returning soon.
 My friend and photographer extraordinaire, Mary Schwalm has created a new desk calendar for 2019. Happy to report she has eliminated the plastic holder and it is now a self-contained earth friendly multi-purpose calendar. For a sneak peek and also information on how to order yours click here.
 Lastly, our two photo sessions are now ‘live’ on the Central Park Zoo’s website. The February session will feature Valentine animal enrichment fun. The spring session (spending on the arrival of spring) will feature seasonal animal enrichment. Sessions fill up quickly. Sign up here.

Oakland Zoo November 24, 2019

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Our penultimate stop on 2019 Zoocation was the always terrific Oakland Zoo. I have been visiting this facility for the past 20 years when my niece moved to the west coast. It has grown and only gotten more enjoyable with each visit. A big shout out to Chantal for arranging our visit and to docent Guy for a fun filled tour of the California trail. We spent a lot of time watching their bears play in the water and also spotting their litter of wolf pups. The views are amazing from the top of the facility. If you are on the west coast I encourage you to visit.

Wildlife Safari November 17, 2019

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Stop #7 on our 2019 Pacific Northwest Zoocation was Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon. Truth be told, it was to be a very long travel day and we needed a place to stop, see some animals and perhaps get out of the car. We got a bit of both at this 600 acre AZA facility founded in 1972 by Frank Hart. There are over 500 animals from all over the world with a very successful cheetah breeding program. We were one of only a few cars at the facility so traffic surely was not a concern. The weather continued to be damp and drizzly. We always make the best of our zoo adventures and this was no exception. Next stop – California.

Oregon Coast Aquarium November 10, 2019

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 2019 Pacific Northwest Zoocation continues with stop #6, the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Sorry for the delay in posting photos of this terrific facility but Howl-o-ween,  Bats, and Pumpkins took priority in October. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is in Newport, Oregon. It opened in 1992. The facility sits on 23 acres along the very beautiful Yaquina Bay near the Pacific Ocean. A giant shout out to Sally Compton, Communications and Marketing Manager for greeting us early and giving us a fabulous tour and jelly fish experience. First time we ever touched a jelly fish. Very cool indeed. If you find yourself in the area, I encourage a visit.

Batty for Bats October 31, 2019

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 I could not let October pass by without my annual salute to bats. Have a sweet, safe, fun Halloween.

Oregon Zoo October 20, 2019

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Zoo #5 on our Pacific Northwest 2019 zoocation was Portland’s terrific Oregon Zoo. This 64 acre growing zoo was once called the Portland Zoo and then the Washington Park Zoo. They have been busy renovating and expanding habitats. A HUGE shout out to old friend Director Don Moore for spending some time with us.

Northwest Trek, Tacoma WA October 13, 2019

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Zoo#4 on our Pacific Northwest 2019 zoocation was Northwest Trek, in Tacoma WA. Over 40 species of native wildlife live in this beautiful habitat. Much of the visit can only be seen by tram and we were extremely lucky to be the only two people on the 10AM tram tour. Our guide and driver, Caleb, was charming, informative and ready to stop as many times as we asked him to in order to get photos. The free-roaming area via tram is a 435-acre Northwest paradise for herds of Roosevelt elk, bison, moose, caribou, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, swans and deer. The walking part of the habitat includes, cats, bears, eagles and much much more. I encourage you to visit this beautiful spot if you are in the Tacoma area.