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National Zookeeper Week 2020 July 26, 2020

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It is day 135 for me staying home during COVID19. I had a knee replacement on June 30. It seemed like a good time to do it since I needed it and was staying home anyway. I salute our dedicated zookeepers as we just celebrated National Zookeeper’s week. Zookeeper’s faces may change from year to year but the hard work, resourcefulness and commitment remain the same. I salute you all and especially the staff at my home base, the Central Park Zoo. You allow me to take your photos while you perform your tasks with good humor and I appreciate that. Hope to see you all soon. Stay Safe please and wear a mask.

Red, White and Zoo – 2020 July 5, 2020

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It is day 116 for staying home during the COVID19 pandemic for us. This was a fun montage to create. I didn’t realize how many animals could be included in this red, white and blue themed photo montage. Most of the animals depicted were taken at my home base, the Central Park Zoo. Obvious exclusions are the giant panda, cassowary (above) and the arctic fox (although we used to house that species) and the red-eyed tree frog (taken at the Prospect Park Zoo). Hope you all had a very safe and happy Fourth of July. Wear those masks please.

Otterly Adorable June 28, 2020

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This is day 109 for me being home during the COVID19 pandemic. Still hoping that you are all staying safe and wearing your masks. My goal each week during the pandemic is to give you a few smiles. Nothing makes me smile more than otters. They are active, fun and most of all – adorable. This week’s selection of photos come from my previous visits to the Prospect Park Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Potawatomi Zoo, Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Capron Park Zoo and the Woodland Park zoo. The animals featured are river otters and small-clawed otters. Hope they give you a little cheer. Stay healthy please.

Daddy Dearest June 21, 2020

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This is day 102 for me being home during the COVID19 pandemic. Tomorrow NYC enters phase 2. Woot, woot! Outdoor dining, indoor shopping, haircuts and playgrounds reopen. Not sure I will be doing any of those – but we shall see. I do hope you have been staying healthy, safe and wearing your masks. Not only is today Father’s Day but it is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. While most caregivers in the animal kingdom are mothers, there are some father’s who join in the role as caregiver. I salute all of those father’s out there in today’s photo montage. The photo above today’s salute is of my father and me. The photo was taken (circa) at the beginning of time.

I spy with my little eye… June 7, 2020

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 This is day 88 of hanging around Casa Lobo during Covid19. Hope all of you are doing well and staying sane and healthy. I’ve been walking my dog, Mr. Pepe’s little legs off. Enjoying my recent theme of children’s games as inspiration and thanks to an idea by my friend Roni in Canada this week I feature ‘I spy with my little eye…’ Last week’s Hide and Seek and the previous week’s Duck, Duck Goose were just as much fun. “The soul can speak through the eyes, and kiss with a look.” Some experts, whose jobs require them to study faces, have observed that eyes are the window to the soul because they’re the most sincere part of the face. Enjoy some of these beautiful eyes.

Hide and Seek May 31, 2020

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 This is day 81of my being home during COVID19. Hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy. Last week my Sunday montage featured a children’s game called Duck, Duck, Goose! I am continuing the theme of Children’s games this week with another popular game, Hide and Seek. Sometimes at zoos when we approach an exhibit the animal is hard to find. If you keep looking carefully all of a sudden you finally see the animal and they have been staring at you. That also happens at home with my three cats. Enjoy!

Duck, Duck, Goose! May 24, 2020

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 This is day 74 of my staying home during the COVID19 pandemic. Trying to keep healthy, upbeat and busy is a daily challenge. Looking at baby animal photos always makes me smile so I share with you today some of the adorable ducklings and goslings that were born and raised at my home base, the Central Park Zoo over the past few years. Hope they put a smile on your face too.I had the honor and joy of documenting these delightful little ones. Since some of you will ask, here are the names of the species featured today. Ducklings: Baers Pochard, Falcated, Pink-eared, Long-Tailed, Marbled Teal, Pacific Common eider, Red-breatsed Merganser, Smew, Harlequin, Ruddy, Garganey, Scaly-sided, Argentine Ruddy, Black, Barrows and Mandarin. Goslings: Swan and Emperor Goose. To my bird nerd friends out there – I might have missed naming a few. Mea culpa in advance. Stay healthy please.

You are what you eat! May 17, 2020

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This is day 66 of my staying home during the COVID19 pandemic. So how’s your diet? What have you been eating during your time at home? Comfort food? Salt? Sugar? Too much caffeine? Alchohol? I thought I would show what types of food and treats our zoo animals eat. Perhaps modeling our own behavior after them would be a very good thing. Hope you all are healthy and staying safe.

Zzzzzz’s April 19, 2020

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Do you find yourself catching some extra Zzzz’s these days. Are you bored? Are you yawning? This is day 38 for me staying at home as a non-essential person. Hats off and loud cheers to all of the essential folk out there. I appreciate your heroic and difficult efforts during this COVID19 pandemic. So what have I been doing? I have brought out my art supplies and hit the drawing board which feels pretty good. I am a bit rusty but other than my three cats and a dog, who is going to judge me? I keep in touch with the heroic zookeepers and education staff at the Central Park Zoo who are keeping everything going. I check in on my sick friends daily. I text a lot, enjoy some face-timing with family and friends and get and send many silly memes which always make me laugh. I try to reach out via telephone to two people a day and have longer chats than usual. Of course there are always dog walks. I read the newspaper – even the articles I am not very interested in. Am I bored? Not really. But I thought these yawning photos of animals might make you smile – and we all can use that. Stay safe out there.

As predicted…and goes out like a lamb March 29, 2020

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As predicted, when I posted March comes in like a lion you just knew I would also post that March goes out like a lamb. I do hope that all of you are healthy and following the social distancing guidelines. It is day 16 for me at home and I am whittling down my ‘to do’ list. Think I either have to slow down or start to make another list. Enjoy some of these sweet lambs in today’s photo montage. All of these photos were taken at my home base, the Central Park Zoo. Sorry to say they have all grown up now but I remember them as they were – so very cute.