Photo of the Day: Golden Lion Tamarin

After the Kansas City Zoo Run Saturday morning, several of us decided to walk around the zoo for a while. I highly recommend visiting in the fall – the animals are so much more active, and it’s less exhausting on you when it isn’t so hot, too! This adorable golden lion tamarin (my husband’s favorite zoo animal) must be thinking something great – can you come up with a good caption?

(Read my friend Julie’s blog post about the run here.)

Photo of the Day: Mama and her Joey

I loved watching this sweet mama kangaroo and her joey (in her pouch) resting in the sunlight. Believe it or not, I didn’t even have to zoom in to get this photo – I was actually that close. One of my favorite parts of Tanganyika Wildlife Park was petting the kangaroos. Check out my other photos from Tanganyika if you haven’t seen them yet.

Here, Kitty Kitty
Up Close and Personal
Exotic Animal Interaction
Whatchu Lookin’ At

(Although I posted several days worth of photos from Tanganyika, I am in no way getting paid ā€“ the opinions are strictly my own.)

Photo of the Day: Whatchu Lookin At?

Have you ever looked at the facial expressions of an alpaca? They crack me up every time. It seems like I’ve encountered them on every recent vacation I’ve taken, and I never get tired of them. They were used in the Great Smoky Mountains to carry luggage to a hike-in resort, we stayed on an alpaca ranch in Montana when we went visited Glacier National Park, and they were part of Tanganyika‘s petting zoo last weekend.

(Although Iā€™m posting several days worth of photos from Tanganyika, I am in no way getting paid ā€“ the opinions are strictly my own.)

Photo of the Day: Up Close and Personal

One of the best parts about Tanganyika Wildlife Park was how close we could get to the animals, like this giraffe. I love that I was close enough to see the veins in her ears!

(Although I’m posting several days worth of photos from Tanganyika, I am in no way getting paid – the opinions are strictly my own.)

Correction: Yesterday’s photo was a cheetah, not a leopard. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I typed that!

Photo of the Day: Here, Kitty Kitty

This weekend we took a mini-vacation to Wichita, KS to catch up with some friends. While there, I had the best interactive zoo experience at Tanganyika Wildlife Park. This is a really unique park that promotes education and conservation, and encourages interaction. Yes, interaction! That’s what makes this zoo unique. I’ll be sharing several photos over the next several days.

A beautiful cheetah licks her lips as she relaxes in the shade. We were not able to interact with this lady – thank goodness!

Project 52 Week 36: Watchcat

On Saturday morning my husband and three of our friends ran in the Kansas City Zoo Run – a 4-mile run to benefit the Sumatran Tigers. After running 4 miles, we got free tickets to the zoo, so we walked about 4 more miles looking at all the animals. Even though I don’t have kids, I love going to the zoo because 1) I love animals, and 2) there are great photographic opportunities. My photo tip about zoos is to use the largest aperture (smallest number) you can, so the fences in the foreground are blurry and less of a distraction.

Thanks to the TV series Meerkat Manor, I bring you a photo of one of my favorite animals.

This meerkat, despite no chance of threat in the zoo, kept watch as two young meerkats wrestled below.

Day 268: A trip to the zoo!

I have friends who are on a mission trip in Mozambique, Africa. When they first arrived a few days ago, they got to go on an African Safari where they saw all kinds of wild animals. As much as I’d love to be with them, this is the closest I’ll get for now – a trip to “Africa” and other part of the world at the Kansas City Zoo. Here are my top five favorite photos of the day. Which one is your favorite?

An elephant marches toward its food.
A lazy gorilla basks in the sunlight.
A lemur poses perfectly for my photo.
Two baboons look on at something with interest.
This bird, maybe some kind of parrot(?), nibbles at a clover.