Sunday, November 4, 2012

Frigid Free Day At The Zoo


Yesterday I went out into the 40 degree weather, customary to Wisconsin in early November, to visit the Milwaukee County Zoo on their next-to-last Family Free Day (the final one for 2012 is December 1st).  I had been meaning to get out to the Zoo since I bought my DSLR camera in May, but the time just slipped by.  I'm glad I went, even though a lot of the animals were indoors now and the outdoor habitats looked kind of bleak.  There were still enough interesting animals to get some good photos.

Here are some of the animals I was fortunate to photograph:


The caribous were outside, of course.


As were the bears.




This little guy, the red panda, was especially adorable.


The tiger, like the ape above, was indoors, but you could see them through glass from outside.


The strange part of the day was that the polar bears were nowhere to be seen, but the sea lions were out.


The giraffes were inside, but it looked like they were quite content with their balls and their hay.


Like I said, the polar bears were not out, but the kangaroos were.


The penguins were also inside.

 

I think this particular breed of monkey thrives closer to the arctic.  I believe they are the ones you sometimes see in photos with frost on their hair.


And last, but certainly not least, the king of the jungle.


I gained some more experience taking photos of animals at the Zoo yesterday.  I will definitely try to make it back next spring for one of their free days, and hopefully get photos of some of the animals that were indoors.  To see more, please visit my Tumblr page, and for more information on the Milwaukee County Zoo, click here.

30 comments:

  1. I think the panda is especially cute too! Looks like a fun day :)

    Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  2. I'm here from the No Rules Blog Hop. I love the bear, he's just massive and gorgeous. All of the pictures are great!

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  3. The penguins, so cute!!! Photos - Great.

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  4. Your zoo looks amazing compared to the one in my State. I love all your pictures! That Red Panda is especially cute! :)

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! I do love our zoo.

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  6. They are all so cute! It was worth all that shivering...

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    1. It was actually. I had a great time!

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  7. Great shots! You captured them beautifully!

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  8. Your pictures are wonderful! What a cool trip!

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  9. I like the cute penguins, sweet pics. thanks for sharing them.

    have a great day.

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  10. It's been a long time since I went to the zoo. I would love to go and just spend time with the animals and my camera. What a fun day (despite the cold). Great captures!

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    1. Thanks, Edenhills. It is a fun way to spend the day, but it can be expensive. I'm glad they have the free admission days 6 times a year!

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  11. Oh! I love the tiger - looks like he is walking around saying 'Blech! That tasted bad!' (Wonder what he ate?)
    Love tigers.

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    1. Thanks, VBR! All of the photos I took of the tiger had him with his tongue out. Not sure why.

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  12. Oh I love the red baby panda ~ Fantastic photography ~ great for 'Z' ~ ( A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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    1. Thanks, Carole. That was the first time I had even heard of a red panda. Now I see them on the internet constantly.

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  13. I too love that little red panda...actually the first time I have seen a photo of one! Wonderful Z post! :)

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  14. I haven't been to a zoo in such a long time. I'm surprised to see so many animals still outdoors!

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    1. Thanks, EG! I can't wait to go back next spring or summer to see them outside.

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  15. fun. love the caribou! been some time since I took our boys to the zoo. need to do that.

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  16. Awz! Z-bezt Z-post. You have some gorgeous stuff here, eh! Love the photos.

    All z-best,
    ScuddZ

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  17. So many of those animals are from such different climates.

    It surprises me a bit that they like the cold!

    I'm reading Zoo by James Patterson so I was a bit concerned when I saw all the animal pictures, though! ha!

    Thank you for linking up.

    A+

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