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Our local zoo opened up again after a really long preiod of COVID lockdowns and only short gaps of openings.
Our children were more interested in rushing through from enclosure to enclosure and ending up at the playground.
So for me it was more a fast snapshot summary but I still got some nice ones.
Here's the first batch ;)

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Our local zoo opened up again after a really long preiod of COVID lockdowns and only short gaps of openings.
Our children were more interested in rushing through from enclosure to enclosure and ending up at the playground.
So for me it was more a fast snapshot summary but I still got some nice ones.
Here's the first batch ;)

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Nice! Regrettably I haven't been to a zoo since I took the snow leopard picture on the prior page. Our local zoo is in a magnificent setting, but the selection of animals doesn't seem to have changed in about 50 years.
 

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Nice! Regrettably I haven't been to a zoo since I took the snow leopard picture on the prior page. Our local zoo is in a magnificent setting, but the selection of animals doesn't seem to have changed in about 50 years.
I can understand that the same setup of species gets boring eventually.
I have the advantage that for several years I support our local zoo in a friends' association which gives me access to an annual pass.
So I have chance and the time to go there, to focus on a few species and stay there for a longer time - of course that is only possible without my children that don't have the patience and passion.
But if you stay at one enclosure for some time you can see a lot of action and special behaviour.
And if you ask the staff in advance as preparation you'll get the information what time of day is the best to come for action.
And I always had the great experience that if they have the time they are tell a lot of stories if you kindly show your interest in "their pets".

To me it is great that I can go there again at all after all that lockdowns.
 

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I can understand that the same setup of species gets boring eventually.
I have the advantage that for several years I support our local zoo in a friends' association which gives me access to an annual pass.
So I have chance and the time to go there, to focus on a few species and stay there for a longer time - of course that is only possible without my children that don't have the patience and passion.
But if you stay at one enclosure for some time you can see a lot of action and special behaviour.
And if you ask the staff in advance as preparation you'll get the information what time of day is the best to come for action.
And I always had the great experience that if they have the time they are tell a lot of stories if you kindly show your interest in "their pets".

To me it is great that I can go there again at all after all that lockdowns.

I definitely had that info for the snow leopards. They were quiescent when I first walked by their enclosure (and this was the San Diego zoo, not my local one), but I heard they got active in the late afternoon, so I went back and "parked" there. And yes they got active. Which matches what had happened at the Denver zoo many years earlier, when I got some blurry shots because it was getting quite dark by the time I saw them.

What was more interesting was the local photo shop asking me if I my photographs were of them in the wild. They're very elusive and you have to get up into the very high parts of Asia, not a trivial trip. It's much easier to see, say, Komodo dragons in the wild.
 

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... What was more interesting was the local photo shop asking me if I my photographs were of them in the wild. They're very elusive and you have to get up into the very high parts of Asia, not a trivial trip. It's much easier to see, say, Komodo dragons in the wild.
That was a really funny story :ROFLMAO:
 
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I can understand that the same setup of species gets boring eventually.
I have the advantage that for several years I support our local zoo in a friends' association which gives me access to an annual pass.
So I have chance and the time to go there, to focus on a few species and stay there for a longer time - of course that is only possible without my children that don't have the patience and passion.
But if you stay at one enclosure for some time you can see a lot of action and special behaviour.
And if you ask the staff in advance as preparation you'll get the information what time of day is the best to come for action.
And I always had the great experience that if they have the time they are tell a lot of stories if you kindly show your interest in "their pets".

To me it is great that I can go there again at all after all that lockdowns.

The one thing the Cheyenne mountain zoo does very well is giraffes. You can get to them at eye level. My first time ever with a full frame was an event hosted by the local camera shop, where you could borrow cameras and wander around the zoo. I took an R plus the 24-105L and found myself not being able to get close enough in many places (whereas my M6-II plus 100-400 was too close in a lot of places). A direct result of the difference between full and crop frame! What I SHOULD have done was put the 100-400 onto the R.

Alas I missed some very good shots of the giraffes.
 

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This little fellow was just about half an hour old when we saw it yesterday at our local zoo.
The mother was still busy with the afterbirth. These are Dybowski deers.

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