A Walk On the (Kinda) Wild Side – Part I

Wednesday, July 1, my friend Juli and I went on an excursion to the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium. I came home with 200 photos, many of them pretty good in my estimation, so I have decided to post them in increments so as not to be too overwhelming!

Last year I did a short post on the zoo (you can see it here) and in it I mentioned the aquarium that was undergoing renovation. The aquarium had its Grand Opening earlier this year and I have heard wonderful things about it. Even Mark was very interested in the new aquarium, so I decided to purchase a zoo membership so we can go whenever we want to. Unfortunately, on this day, the line to get in to the aquarium was too long, so Juli and I did not get to check it out.

We had a “picture perfect” day for our visit. Since we have had so much rain this year and this was the first rain-free day in weeks, the zoo was packed. But we still had a wonderful time. We began on the north size of the zoo, which is much newer, and includes the Arctic Encounter (polar bears), wolves, and Africa! The photos for this post are from the time we spent in Africa!

I begin with the African crowned cranes.

East African crowned cranes
East African crowned cranes

 

The Masai giraffes were being particularly cooperative and photogenic. (Click on any photo in the galleries to see a larger view.)

I had fun watching these African white-backed vultures. The one went over and got some hay from the ground and took it back to their log. I don’t know if they were considering making a nest or just what. It was all very interesting to watch!

The kudus and the white-bearded wildebeests decided to put on a sparring exhibition for all the on-lookers. When we went back later in the day, the kudus were playing “king of the mountain” – or king of the cliff, I’m not really sure what you would call it.

My perpetual favorites are the zebras. For a long time, the zoo did not have any, and then it seemed like whenever I went, they were indoors, so I was very happy that they were out in plain view this time. I got plenty of photos!

Juli and I spent a long time in Africa! We went back again later in the day, before we left. I’ve included two photos in the galleries above from later in the day (one of a giraffe and one of the kudus). Before we left, Juli and I posed with the bronze lions. I’m not sure why these sculptures are in this part of the zoo because the lion exhibit is in the historic south-side part of the zoo.

I hope you enjoyed this little visit to the world-class Toledo Zoo.ย  Join me next time whenย I will give you a glimpse of the animals seen along Tembo Trail. Just to forewarn you, I took way too many photos of meerkats! LOL

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18 Responses to A Walk On the (Kinda) Wild Side – Part I

  1. Jane says:

    The African crowned cranes don’t look real! They look amazing. Thanks for the lovely tour.

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  2. The photos are really good, you’re right to be proud of them! I haven’t been to a zoo in years, it may be time that I changed that, as I did enjoy seeing the critters from other parts of the world.

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    • The Toledo Zoo is really a first- rate establishment, but I have to admit that by the end of the day, I had very mixed feelings about zoos in general. Even though this zoo strives for natural environments, the fact still remains that the animals are very limited in their movements. The polar bears especially seemed very bored with not having far to move and I felt the worst for the birds. I guess after watching so many birds out in the wild, I felt really bad for the ones who are stuck in small enclosures, unable to really fly.

      Oh, and I have to say I’ve been experimenting/playing a lot with my Digital Photo Professional editing program that let me clean up my photos considerably! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Bob Zeller says:

    Amy, these are excellent photographs and very enjoyable. You did a great job of filling the frame on each one. I’m proud of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you, Bob! That really means a lot to me!! (Confession, I’m also learning a bit about editing using my Digital Photo Professional program that came with my camera. ๐Ÿ™‚ ) But these aren’t cropped, so I did fill the frame, for the most part. I think the one giraffe one I cropped but only because there was some stuff in the picture that detracted from the animal.

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  4. What a great series! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚
    The Toledo Zoo seems a wonderful place.

    Warm wishes,
    Takami

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    • Thank you, Takami!! Coming from you, that means a lot to me!!

      The Toledo Zoo is quite a wonderful place. I wish I lived a bit closer so could go more often, but I do hope to get plenty of use from my membership.

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      • You’re so generous with your kind comment! I’m always learning so much through your work, and the other fine work I see through WordPress. So thank you for the inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

        And I agree, I also have mixed feelings about zoos. Of course I know & appreciate that there are some amazing ones out there, who do very important work & bring awareness to the animals…

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    • Yes, I am very thankful for all the wonderful photographers who have blogs on Word Press. I have learned so much from all of you, and definitely have been inspired, and encouraged. When I began my blog, I had no great interest in learning photography as an art. I considered myself a writer and didn’t really understand the impact of photos until I began following other blogs that really appealed to me. Now when people ask me about my writing I give them a smile and say, “well, I’m kind of into photography now”. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. tootlepedal says:

    You can’t take too many pictures of meerkats. That has been scientifically proved.

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  6. Juli says:

    Hi Amy, I love your photos! You are surely developing an artistic eye! I LOVE the giraffe close up, they are so CUTE!!! Thanks for the great day I will always remember it. Hugs to you!
    Juli

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  8. Tiny says:

    Excellent photos Amy! I’m in awe for the African Crowned Cranes – gorgeous!

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