Sunday, December 11, 2011

new blog information

I have created a new blog that contains the information below, which is a one stop synop to all my zoo related sites. the direct url is ... see link to the left.

Posting to this blog ended on December 16, 2010.   Please visit my new blog which is continually updated

Note that on the site called san francisco zoo FAILS, I have detailed information regarding the recent tragedy in the Park at the Bison Paddock.  Though not a complete FAIL on the Zoo, it is related as a Park and Recreation issue.

Thank you!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A San Francisco Zoo Crime

Last month my friend lee and I got our zoo memberships revoked, without any reason given. I have tried to not make this public, by first contacting various VIPs. Those VIPs obviously don't care, since we have not heard back from any of them. Maybe the media or public won't care either, but I feel I need to speak out about this crime committed against us.

If you are interested in the details I have made a youtube video about part of the situation as well a blog detailing all the facts.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

sorry, there will be no further updates

i am sorry for not updating this site since august. i have been conflicted whether or not to continue to update and have decided not to.

i love my zoo friends and will continue to post photos of their cuteness on my shutterfly photo site (link on left bar), but i feel my original mission to educate and endear people to the animal residents only, helps an organization who doesn't see the need for such help. zoo management does not value this kind of outreach and has never acknowledged what i've tried to do here. i still feel my mission is desperately needed for the zoo to thrive, but the zoo has a staff who should be facilitating this aspect of outreach.

do not misinterpret, i still love these animals and visit them at least 3 times a week. if anyone who follows this blog has any questions about an animal, you can contact me thru this website and i will be happy to answer your questions.

thank you to all the visitors to this blog. viva goober and all his friends! i love you!

visit my other zoo friend sites!

learn more about the zoo residents enrichment fun here:

see more photos of the zoo residents here:

video clips of the zoo friends here:

read more about padang and her milestone birthday here:

photos from padangs party here:

read more about ulu, her milestone birthday and her bear friends birthdays here:

Saturday, August 21, 2010

we got em', flamingo chicks!

i was told by a keeper on thursday that two of the ten ( i think) eggs had, i forget the term he used, pinned/pinged? (the day before) which means they had just broken the shell in preparation to emerge from the egg. from then, it should be about two days before the chick will fully hatch. that put babies for friday. the flamingos were my first stop today, as i must see babies! and yippee! i got to see one for a bit before the parent say down to cover it. this one i saw well is the one on the front nest, but there is another one the back nest, that i caught a glimpse of on the way out. ... these are the first baby flamingos since 2003 (i believe), and first i've ever seen! so pretty exciting! welcome precious cuties! ... check the photosite (link at left) for more pix, including updated photos of them at five days and another new baby!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

new babies on the island!

three twelve week old male penguin chicks, who were hatched on penguin island, have finished socialization and fish school. last week they took their big boy march along the parade route in their honor, that led them back to the island! pictured are each one of the chicks a week later. the one with the red band is named floyd, the black banded will be named by an auction winner, and the one with the grey band will be named by a zoo member (from a contest). ... to see photos and some video clips of the parade, please visit my photosite and youtube channel (links in the left column on this page).

capy happy!

two year old capybara sisters (ria and kyme) born at the san diego zoo are now living at the puente! after losing our lottie last year, the puente has been missing cute little capy faces. the girls seem to be adjusting well and will at some point be introduced to the anteater couple who also make the puente field their home. i hope it all works out, it will be a joy to watch them all out together. i especially can't wait til the sisters have access to the field AND the pond, as i've seen capy's swimming in video's and would love to see them enjoying the pond. will be interesting to see what the swan's have to say about that! ... welcome sisters!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

happy birthday goober!

today was goober's 16th birthday! my friend nica and i went to the zoo today to wish him a happy day! goober was happy to see us and loved our song for him! check out his big smile! he was saying "thank you for the birthday wishes! i am the goober-licious!" love ya sweet goob! ... when we arrived for our second of three rounds of goob bday greetings, the zoo camp gal brought over a card the campers made for goober and the keeper was putting it on display!

happy belated birthday! sukari!

african lion sukari recently had her first birthday as a resident of the sfzoo. she turned eight years old on june 23rd. the big cat keeper enjoys celebrating the cats birthdays, so special treats were given to her and her companion tunya (and all the other cats too!) last saturday. her birthday came during a time when she and tunya were separated due to her new birth control implant needing to take effect, so her celebration came a bit after (so they could enjoy it together), but still with a whole lot of fun! ... you can see more pix from the bash on the photosite >

july birthdays

sorry for the delay to anyone who is following the blog closely. the month of july was the birth month for many of our zoo friends. luckily with the cooperation of her keeper, sumatran tiger leanne's seventh birthday was celebrated! you can see photos from all the fun on the photosite (link at left). before leanne's party i went by and wished cobby a happy birthday! and when i went to the family farm they had a birthday sign up for my fav little girl on the farm, ginger. ... happy belated birthday shout-outs to, those whose birthdays as far as i know, went publicly (and even i missed some) unrecognized, mishaki, bwang, slash, pokemon, busby and oscar jonesy! ... i personally think its a shame that with reaching the milestone 55 years old and having the moniker of oldest male chimpanzee in captivity in north america, his birthday went unrecognized. to me the residents are the zoo. without them there would not be one. plain and simple. they should be celebrated.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

sweet tony

last tuesday, sweet tony joined his sister emily and his companion tatiana, where i'm sure they are playing in a meadow in the afterlife. ... i could write alot on tony as he was one of the dearest zoo friends i've come to know. those who haven't had the opportunity to really know a non domesticated fur friend, have no idea how special they can be. tony was i would imagine, like no other tiger. he had a truly sweet nature to him. he seemed to love everyone and love life. he was always happy and chuffed at his keepers and his neighboring tigers, even when one might be in a mood and sass back at him. he would just seem to smile and continue on his way. one fond recent memory, my friend and i were talking with his keeper and tony come to the mesh between us to be included in the conversation. he was making eye contact as he always did, and stood there as if he had something to add to the chat. i know from experience that he most surely did, even if we couldn't hear his thoughts. ... this big guy was a sweetheart and you could feel it from him. i think if you went in with him, he would let you sit down bedside him and brush him. he had that kind of gentleness about him. ... i miss you tony tone tone. you will always be in my thoughts and heart. love to you and see you again in another lifetime.