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My friend Siobhan is a zookeeper at the Capron Park Zoo, and offered to give Fiona and I a behind-the-scenes tour. Here's the beautiful eye of one of the Visayan warty hogs.

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Puppytime!

Aug. 29th, 2015 08:08 pm
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Oh my yes we have two new puppies in our lives and in our house!

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This blog's biggest fan was in town this past weekend, and really wanted to be in a 3:00 snapshot. How could I say no?
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In Southeastern New England, there are at least six zoos: Frankin Park, Stone, Roger Williams Park, Capron Park, Buttonwood, and the New England Aquarium. There are also small zoos within the Boston Science Museum, and at Drumlin Farm and Trailside Museum. The Zookeeper association at my work has been trying to get keepers from all these zoos to meet with one another and have social events where we can exchange ideas and enjoy the company of people who have similar experiences. Last weekend we managed to get people from 4 of these institutions together for a cookout.

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Two of the keepers pictured work for a seasonal camel ride concession that works out of both Franklin Park and Roger Williams Park Zoos.

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With so many keepers in one place we couldn't resist doing our version of the Chris Pratt Jurassic World raptor keeper scene.
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My friend Kathy was the manager of the gift shop; this is her last day 6/26/15--she treated herself to a camel ride, why not?
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I'm happy that snapshot #2000 contains three of my favorite ladies: Gigi, Lana, and Lanandra.
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Zookeeper Sarah at her post in the Aussie Aviary.

Zootopia

May. 15th, 2015 09:23 pm
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So the whole point of me going through everything I went through to get a suit was to wear it to Zootopia. This is the zoo's biggest fundraiser of the year, with big money auctions and awards and local politicians and so on. I found myself gravitating toward other zoo people and their animals for comfort.
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Here I am modeling my new suit, purchased because I got too fat for my old one over the winter, and I needed one in a hurry to go to a fancy zoo event.

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The pants were way too long, so my friend Nan came over to hem them for me. This is how we learned that irons are bad for the finish on a wood table top. The pants looked good though!

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Earlier that day I rode 10 miles in the Jonathan Gilmour Memorial Fund ride by myself, and the only picture I took was this one of an apple orchard, as I whizzed by.

Cow bath

May. 10th, 2015 11:46 am
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Here's zookeeper Joe, keeping Rumba the Randall steer steady for his bath.

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Sunday was all about the new foster puppy "Pecan" (I call him Angel Pecan) and the many friends that came over to see him!
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I'll let you in on a little secret that I won't tell them over at tumblr. I'm going to slow release a whole mess of photos of organisms from this day to try to catch up on my 280 days of urbpandemonium project. The following post is mostly people and places kind of pictures, and lots of them.

Nickerson Beach is on a peninsula neighborhood known as Squantum in the city of Quincy. It sticks up into Boston Harbor and is very close to a couple of the harbor islands.
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Lead Keeper Nikki at her boss' desk. Nikki is running in the Boston Marathon this year to help raise money for the zoo.
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In the afternoons the Children's Zoo has been letting the goats out of their stalls to roam the barn for exercise (and for fun for the guests and staff). Here Lanandra is holding Zeke.
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Livejournal, you know you'll always be my first social media love. But time moves on and tumblr has moved in. The best sign of that is here, my tumblr friend ofwordsandwaltzes (they do long names over there) visited me at work! She even stayed to socialize with the zookeepers at movie night. Brave woman to meet and hang out with a dozen strangers on the spur of the moment. Thanks for visiting, it is awesome to know you!
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Zookeeper friend is aware of the snapshot happening, but is trying not to encourage me.
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Nanner and I mugging it up for the snapshot.
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Carlisle among the wreckage of his toys, by the xmas cards.

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Last photo of 2014. Seems appropriate.

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