Thursday, May 13, 2010

Adventures in New York--The Central Park Zoo


Hello All! Well, last week was quite an adventure with my first work-related trip to New York. It proved to be very beneficial for numerous reasons. One being that I got to visit New York City's Zoos. First stop was the small, but fun, Central Park Zoo.

This Zoo only has about 5-6 exhibits, but it's a great little escape from the large metropolis for an hour or so.

They have a really fun sea lion exhibit and show, you would swear they were dogs with flippers. One of them even played fetch! They moved really fast so I just did a few gesture drawings before one of them dove right in front of me and splattered my sketchbook... :-)


I also spent some time with the Polar Bears. It was pretty hot that day, so I didn't blame them for spending their time in the water. I couldn't really get a good spot to draw the female who was hanging out really close to the glass for all of her fans!

But the male was crashed out in a less crowded area. If I didn't know they would eat me, I would love to give them a big hug...


Lastly I camped out with the new snow leopard exhibit. I was lucky enough to be standing next to a child that probably looked like a good snack, so I got a good stare down view.

It didn't last long however before she decided it was too hot to hunt.

All in all, I found the Central Park Zoo a fun little section of the park. It certainly doesn't hold any weight to most of the other zoos I frequent, but I loved seeing all of the city kids getting exposure to these beautiful exotic animals right in their own back yard...

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