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Abandoned Alaskan Bears in New Home

I come from a huge city, I am use to having 2 major zoos and an aquarium. I have seen everything from dolphins to beluga whales to koala and giraffe. My new hometown has a zoo that you can probably walk through in 15 minutes if you take your time. Last year however something wonderful happened. Two Kodiak bear cubs were abandoned and rescued in Alaska and somehow our tiny zoo got together big companies with money to build a state of the art habitat for them….the kind of things the ‘big name’ zoos have. Their habitat includes two huge areas connected by a bridge that they can walk over and people can walk under. One has a small pool and the other has trees and grass and a huge swimming hole in good weather. As they were just lazing around the other day, my friend just took this one photo for me. But here they are, the stars of the Wildwood Park and Zoo….Munsey and Boda. They were named after two of the men who rescued them. Sometimes their IS a happy ending to stories 🙂

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Scenic Pics from Lincoln Park Zoo – 8/12/12

On today’s walk, iPhone captured some pretty scenic shots. All images are from the Lincoln Park Zoo.

If anyone knows what type of flower these first two images are, I’d love to know.

One of the Andean Bear enclosures. If I had a backyard, I’d put one of these in. Minus the bear. Which isn’t in the picture…

This is at the entrance of the “African Journey” exhibit.

The southern entrance to the zoo…

PURPLE!!

All photos were taken by me, Letricia Brooks. Feel free to use them for whatever you want. Attribution or a link back to my site would be nice, but not required.

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August 12, 2012 Zoo Trip

No story, just some pics and notes. Believe it or not, no pics of the cats. I thought I needed to try and get some of the other animals.

Finally got a couple decent shots of one of the vultures.

Polar bear posing for me. I’m sure he was enjoying the cooler weather today.

Andean bear. First time I’ve seen him out and about. Glad I finally got a shot of him (or her).

Below is a Sun Bear. He was napping when I went past him the first time.

Evil fish. Evil, evil, evil fish. These things are huge. And creepy. They finally cleaned the glass, though, so this shot is better than one I posted earlier in the summer.

The meerkats. They’re so cute. And curious. Cute little buggers.

Giraffe. Or if you play FFXI, it’s a dhalmel. 🙂

More evil fish. At least they don’t look like they’re plotting my death.

The above pics are from the African Journey exhibit. Once you come out, you can go by the bears again. So on round two, the napping Sun Bear who was in an earlier photo, is now on his back – with one leg propped up on a branch. I laughed.

Not a fan of snakes, but at least they’re not fish.

When I came up to this little croc, one of the regular visitors (and I assume contributors) to the zoo came up and talked with me. He told me that there are five of these in the enclosure (I had only found 3, he showed me where the others were). And they’ll be 5 years old this month. They only get to be about 6-feet long.

I wish the photo below was clearer. I was using my actual camera (still figuring out settings and such). I should have whipped out iPhone, he takes really good shots for such a little guy.

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Caldwell Lily Pond near Lincoln Park Zoo

During my walk with iPhone through Lincoln Park Zoo, iPhone decided that we should visit the lily pond. It was a nice day, and I was feeling pretty good, so I didn’t protest.

The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is just north of the zoo and is a great place to just chill out. iPhone, however, thought it was a great place to take pictures. Of course, iPhone thinks every place is a great place to take pictures. He’s become obsessed. Or possessed. Not sure which.

This is a nice place to sit and rest, read, pray, write… just about anything to relax. Unless you’re iPhone. He just gets all crazy and starts snapping shots of everything.

Of course, there is the lily pool. Which has lilies. And probably fish. But fish are evil, so I didn’t get close. I was kinda struck by the bare tree across the pond. It was just this giant stick with an afro on top.

Some of the stone landscaping. I think was part of a water fountain.

This is a different angle of the pavilion and some of the stonework around it.

The pavilion from the other side of the pool.

Lilies and stonework. And hidden evil fish.

Some ducks chilling on the stones.

The path.

I have to remember to go back earlier in the spring to get some of the blooming flowers.

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Da Bears (And a couple of Lions too)

This is the Lakewood Zoo in Mountain Wisconsin. Most of the big cats and bears were rescued from abandonment or abuse. This is a nice little place where you get really close to the animals.

Da Bears starting line-up!

Oops, looks like one Bear doesn’t want to play!

Let us at those Lions….grrrrr

Calm as can be, this lion isn’t worried about da Bears at all!

In fact so relaxed this lion is taking a snooze in the sun 🙂

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Lions and Tigers and Flamingos, Oh My!

Here are more pics of Lincoln Park Zoo. The flamingos are finally out. They’re very pretty. And I don’t like pink.

And I finally got to get a pic of the monkeys. I still haven’t had much luck getting pics of the gorillas. Working on it. Anyway, I want this “jungle gym” in my apartment. That would be so much fun.

The Amur Leopard was chowing down on this trip. Usually he’s moving too much to get a shot, or he’s sleeping, which is boring to watch. But he was ripping through whatever meat they’d given him.

Nice markings. Gorgeous animal.

I really want one as a pet. So cuddly.

Finally, the lion has gotten comfortable with his new home and is taking charge of it. I wrote this on my Facebook wall on May 25 – so exciting!

So Thursday afternoon I hit the zoo on my walk, per the norm. Had my music blasting in my ears, when I saw that the lion finally came out of the tunnel.

Every time I’ve been there, he just paces back and forth between his indoor and outdoor enclosures, never getting out far enough to really see him.

He was just introduced to the zoo in April, so he was probably pretty ticked off to not be “home.”

Anyway, I’m standing there watching him. He’s just outside of his little tunnel and you can see that he’s sort of roaring. I didn’t bother to take off my headphones. I was just enjoying the view.

Then he let out this enormous roar. I mean E-NOR-MOUS. It reverberated through my body, it drowned out my loud music… and it was the coolest thing I’ve ever heard.

I got my headphones off in time to hear a second one.

I’ve heard tigers and leopards and panthers roar, pretty loud, definitely intimidating, but this… this was amazing.

His name is Sahar, but I have renamed him Twinkie because he looks like one when he’s lying in the grass and you can’t see his head or tail.

I can’t wait until his mane grows out!

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