Saturday, June 26, 2010
This hawk was just grabbing his dinner when I visited the other day. (note, the mouse was already dead, laying on a tree branch. placed by the keepers? I don't know) He flew around with it, kept landing different places, then finally landed in a semi-secluded area of the enclosure and, well. . . .you know the rest. . . :-)
Monday, February 15, 2010
September 27, 2009. The last day of this visit, we arrived very early in the AM. It was a drizzely, quiet morning, and we were blissfully alone with the pandas. Tian Tian settled down for his breakfast a few yards from the viewing area. Having him practically to ourselves in the rain and peircing quiet was so wonderful. This is how I love to observe my favorite creatures. I never wanted to leave, but soon enough, the noisey crowds arrived, and we had to make our 7 hour drive back home.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Here is Mandara - a Western Lowland Gorilla with her new baby girl. Born on January 10, 2009, the infant is still unnamed. The photo was taken by RoxandaBear at the National Zoo in March 2009.
A little bit about Mandara from the National Zoo website:
Mandara was born at the Lincoln Park Zoo in April 1982, and came to the National Zoo in October 1985. Often referred to as “super-mom,” Mandara has had six offspring: Kejana (now at Disney), Kigali, Ktembe (now at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo), Kwame, Kojo, and a baby born on January 10, 2009. She is also the adoptive mother of silverback Baraka. Mandara is an extremely intelligent gorilla. She is a master of communicating her wants and needs to her caregivers. She is the smallest female in the group and can often be seen spending time near her kids, especially Kojo. She has a notch in her left ear, and she has large breasts. When she is indoors, her favorite resting spot is one of the big hammocks.
Gorillas may live about 35 years in the wild, and beyond 50 in captivity.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Video credit: Patti Panda @ Flickr
From the Detroit Zoo website:
Our first cubs were born in 1935. Although the cubs did not survive, the birth was significant, it was possibly the first Siberian tiger birth in America. Two years later three healthy cubs were the start of a long line of Siberian tigers born at the Detroit Zoo.
Zoos work hard to conserve tigers. In 1980 the first AZA Species Survival Plan was developed for the Siberian Tiger The Detroit Zoo's large, grassy tiger exhibit was made even better with the addition of a waterfall in 1996. One of the few cats to enjoy water, the tigers may often be found in the splashing waterfall, stream and pool.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Taken off the beaten trail at the William S. Powell Wildlife Sanctuary in Chatham Center, NY. As I was coming down off the cliff area (Dorson's Rock) I heard the scurrying around in the leaves off to my left. Decided it was time to become a statue between 2 trees. Must have stood there for about 15 - 20 minutes in the same position while this little guy peeked at me from his rotten, hole filled stump.
Finally, he came out for a closer look and I started firing away on the shutter. Tryed some different settings (not an easy task when you can't move too much and scare the little bugger) But this one was shot with full 12X zoom on the Canon S5 IS using the SCN - foliage setting. I'm still learning this camera and everytime out I discover something different I haven't tried before. Someday, when it becomes second nature to me, I want to move up to a real digital SLR and try my hand with that. For right now, this camera seems to fulfill my need for finally being satisfied with the photos I'm taking.
For more on the Wildlife Sanctuary you can go here.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Well, folks, we have another panda cub to love! Last nite, while watching the Zoo Atlanta panda cam (that was still broadcasting due to Lun Lun's impending birth) the most amazing thing happened!! I witnessed Lun Lun give birth to her second offspring. What an amazing thing to see in real time.
Many thanks to Zoo Atlanta for their broadcast! It was special moment shared by friends online all over the world.
We are sending our hopes and well wishes for the continued health and welfare of this newest addition in the fight for this endangered species!! Congratulations!!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Well, another year come and gone for Mei Xiang. There will be no cub this year.
Confirmed by National Zoo on 8.13.08:
Zoo staff confirmed today that Mei Xiang will not give birth to a cub this year. They believe that she experienced either a pseudopregnancy or the loss of a developing fetus. In a pseudopregnancy, an animal's hormonal changes and behaviors are identical to a pregnancy, but no conception occurred. Fetal loss during early pregnancy is a common occurrence in mammals, but the reasons for this phenomenon are poorly understood.
I'm saddened by this, but in my heart I knew that something wasn't quite right a couple days ago. This year's estrus, breeding and subsequent days of waiting went on way longer than previous year's. Mei's behavior was different, it seemed more pronounced somehow, and she is still in her den, hugging her 'pseudo-cubbies'. (boomer balls, kong toys) They say that this stage will fade and she will return to 'herself' as she has in previous years.
This panda lover wishes all the best for the staff and pandas at the National Zoo. I hope that some good information has been gathered and will serve well in the years to come.
Here's hoping for a sucessful 2009 breeding!! For a wealth of Giant Panda, information visit the National Zoo panda pages at their website: National Zoo Pandas