my birthday at the zoo

April 23, 2009

so this post is a little overdue, as my birthday was the 3rd of march. i flew solo to the oregon zoo and it was great. a lot of the animals i don’t normally see where out and about. normally i start at the great northwest exhibit and work my way down and around, but this time i just sort of wandered aimlessly.

 

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visayan warty pigs

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sun bear

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conrad goofing with his sister tasul.

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bear-poster

 

there are two new wolves that arrived to the zoo from minnesota  in december. the mother is a gorgeous silver color and named cheyanne, and the pup is named yazhi. 

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the elk were doing exactly what they always do. sitting there.

elk

 

sheep

thought this was a good promo pic if these sheep were in a baaaand. i’m sorry. 

 

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had a great long moment with this bobcat. we just stared at each other for 30 or 40 minutes. children would come up and get right up to him and tap on the glass and he would just look around them straight at me. 

 

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this bear looks so soft!

 

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and i finally went in and fed the lorikeets. this is a lot of fun. it’s only a dollar and at one point i had 4 or 5 of them on me. 

 

lorikeet-feeding

good birthday!

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feeding nayla

March 21, 2009

my new friend carli works at the oregon zoo and was able to take me back to this area where they train animals for educational demonstrations and the wild animal stage show. i got to see the newly arrived eurasian eagle owl and also to feed a little food nugget to this amazing prehensile-tailed porcupine named Nayla. made my month.

rainy day at the oregon zoo

December 29, 2008

went to the oregon zoo with kim, sully and dom in october i think. november maybe. a lot of the animals were hiding or in their heated night quarters. but i did get a chance to see Samudra, the new baby elephant. she is a cute one.

 

samudra

hanging with her mom

 

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and doing her own thing

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also saw this other female elephant outside.

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i belive i mentioned this last time, but i still think one of the best parts of the oregon zoo is the Great Northwest section. these animals were prety unphased by the inclement weather. no lynx that day, but the otter was playful

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and the cougars were sleeping together again now with a third, seasonal bedfellow.

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a pumpkin which probably weighed almost as much as one of them.

the wolves weren’t out again. i need to figure out what is the best time to be at their enclosure.

this huge guy was floating around

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kim and sully made some new friends

 

kimpenguins

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got a great view of the babirusa running around

 

babirusa

 

and i was very excited to see the amur leopards again. last time i only saw one.

 

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and kim is the same size as a sun bear

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august drawings

August 26, 2008

so as i’m about to leave nyc for a while, i’m scrambling to try to make drawings of all the animals i’ve spent so much time with in the past year. here are some drawings i’ve made in the past few weeks.

mostly everyone likes to just sleep. and i don’t mind at all because then they are still and i can draw them. like these cougars at the oregon zoo. 

 

red-ruffed lemurs in the new bronx madagascar exhibit.

 

pablo the tamandua from the central park zoo on his new perch.

 

one of the red pandas at the central park zoo

 

the mother gibbon at the bronx zoo’s jungleworld, i have her name written down somewhere…

 

two gray titi monkey’s in the bronx zoo’s primate house.

 

a pygmy marmoset scratches it’s little leg at the woodland park zoo, seattle.

 

a turkey vulture at the woodland park zoo

 

although my favorite porcupines are the one’s at the prospect park zoo, this guy was hunkered down in a corner and only i could see him while a keeper cleaned his enclosure. woodland park zoo.

 

a common wallaroo and a kookaburra from the woodland park zoo.

 

this spectacled owl was being harassed by rowdy crows at the woodland park zoo.

 

and here are some animals i haven’t seen yet, but wished i had slash hope to in the near future.

a great grey owl

 

jamaican fruit bat

 

yellow handed titi monkey

 

big-eared bat

 

all these are available to a good home, if you like one get in touch, shawncreeden (a) gmail