I once saw the male lion do this to a toddler, who had her back to him, I think fortunately. For the most part, the lions ignore the people, but every once in a while, we seem to be part of THEIR entertainment.
Sorry for the wobbles, just going through some projects folders, came across this, and it seems to just be a first pass.
Aw, I just learned that Ward the beaver died last Dec. He was 18! Lifespans in the wild are 10-12 yrs. His sister had died shortly before him. So...no more beavers at the zoo. Glad I was able to enjoy them while I did. They loved building their lodge, damming up the pool drains, gnawing on the birdhouse pole (this zoo is built into a wilderness setting & is amazing for bird watching)...and they had a snapping turtle pal. :)
In any zoo I've visited, the country's native fauna is where I've spent most time.
How often do we get to be this close to a beaver, to get such a great look at that tail, which can sound like a gunshot? I was once really still in a canoe as a beaver swam by, my glasses fogging up as I attempted to take a shot. No longer being able to see, I enabled the camera's autofocus when the beaver was ~ 2ft away. Beaver heard. Beaver slapped. Beaver dove.
“Our #animals received special #Pridethemed #enrichment to celebrate the month,” Amy Naylor, the zoo’s #mediarelations #coordinator, said on Sunday. Through enrichment, #staff at the #zoo aim to enhance animals’ #environments by providing them with #opportunities to follow their #naturalinstincts
When I first started going to the zoo, I thought these were male & female. Then I learned that they were twin brothers, who were neutered, which should've prevented them from growing a mane. Lindy defied the odds, grew a mane anyway, while Jerroh had to pull off the masculine look by his size, which is larger than a female.
They were born at the Toronto Zoo, lived to 16 yrs old, dying within months of each other, 9 & 11 months after this shot.
This was taken through filthy, glaring plexiglass. It was such a good pose, though, so I took it knowing I'd have to do a lot of clean up. It's amazing to be able to be separated by an animal like this by only a cm or so of plexiglass, so can't blame the short, sticky-fingered little people for messing up the view. :)
One winter's day at the Toronto Zoo.
I had a zoo pass for years before covid. At this time, the pandas and tawny lions were still there, the otter still lived alone after its friend died, and Humphrey the Polar Bear was just about to be sent off to Winnipeg. The pandas have long since continued their Canadian tour, the tawnies died, and Talise the otter finally got a new friend.
The #TorontoZoo has shut down some of its bird enclosures after an #AvianFlu case was detected at a southern #Ontario #PoultryFarm .
The zoo says the #precautionary measures introduced Thursday are required in light of the case of #avian #influenza detected at a commercial poultry farm within 200 kilometres.
In the mid 80s I was trolling around looking for gigs deploying #Fidonet nodes as information/communications hubs for distributed organizations. #TorontoZoo was one interested party, they saw the value, but had no money.
Later, the Chatham Agricultural Exchange deployed Fidonet, and in response to my surprise at their progressive thinking, explained, "Farmers who don't own their own technology won't stay farmers very long."
The zoo seems to have a lot of luck with their various breeding programs, though good news is rarely without bad. Three cubs were born to the snow leopard pair. One, sadly, didn't survive, but we were able to enjoy watching the surviving snow leopards grow up & thrive. They are now in new homes, to hopefully have families of their own as part of zoo breeding programs, but it was wonderful being able to see them for as long as we did.
One snowy day in the zoo. The lions and cheetahs seem to not mind the snow, choosing to go outdoors rather than stay indoors. And when they get tired of the cold, they have heated caves to enjoy so they can people watch or snooze until their keepers bring them in.