This cute little tamarin at the Atlanta Zoo was very interested with my bag of camera gear. The entire time I was swapping lenses and digging in the bag, he was very observant.
Toward the end of the afternoon, many of the animals in the zoo slow down and start looking for places in the shade to stay cool and nap. In this kangaroo’s case, I don’t think he made it to the shade.
Carolyn opted to run back under cover immediately entering the Parakeet Aviary because of the warning signs that “Poo Happens!” We can barely see her face inside the glass window behind all of the beautiful parakeets.
This group of parakeets were trying to get some shut eye in the midst of many other parakeets flying around and screaming. I was impressed with their ability to stay asleep.
This parakeet must have known I was taking its portrait. I was blessed with a beautiful serenade while snapping this photograph. Don’t ask me to distinguish this bird’s song from many other birds in the aviary.
Whatever this white rhino was in hot pursuit for, it paced back and forth with the same object in mind upon each return. These animals are surprisingly agile and fast.
Everyone that approached the meerkat habitat had a brief scare that this meerkat had just passed away in front of them. After a short observation, we saw that he was indeed breathing and fine, just sunbathing.
The bongo is an extremely large member of the hooved animals family. I catch myself wondering why stripes have formed on animals such as the bongo and the zebra throughout the process of evolution.
We thoroughly enjoyed watching this gorilla group. There were several very young gorillas and this infant all playing with each other. The mother sits on the far left as the infant plays with another young female.
This orangutan approached Carolyn and I as I stopped to get out some camera gear and honestly acted as if it were sitting in for a portrait session. The ape would rotate and shift to other positions frequently. These animals are so playful.
This red panda would barely open its eyes as visitors walked by and made noises to try to wake the sleeping panda. For the most part the visitors were unsuccessful.
This orangutan is sitting as a screen that provides puzzles and a touch-screen drawing surface. The images that they draw and their interactions on the screen are visible to visitors through a screen at one of the viewing areas. This was an excellent way to see how intelligent these creatures really are!
The orangutans are known for being mischievous and very playful. This is clearly exhibited in this photo as one of the orangutans gets hands on with one of its friends.
This very large male orangutan is 34 years old and establishes the rules in the orangutan habitat, or at least makes sure everyone stays happy and out of trouble.
This infant orangutan was very mobile the entire time we observed the group. Its wonderful to see infants and toddlers of the apes play for the sole reason because its fun. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
The otters were very entertaining and spent so much time wrestling and playing with each other. Once they had played enough on land, it was immediately in the water to resume. `
This hornbill danced back and forth on this limb the entire time we were watched. He also made some calls that were very peculiar sounding, in all honesty it’s difficult to describe but I thought we were in Jurassic Park for a moment.
This great panda exhibited intelligence and gathered a very large pile of bamboo stems and scraps to keep him busy for as long as it would take to gnaw through everything. I think if this panda stood on its hind legs, he would have stared me in the eye.
This beautiful bengal tiger took serious interest in one of the visitors for some reason. The animals often respond to visitors wearing the same colored clothes as the keepers. This could be the case with this moment
Freg enjoyed an adventure to the Memphis Zoo where he saw Orangutans and Polar Bears for the first time!
A collection of photos from our visit to the Knoxville Zoo where Freg was particularly excited about seeing his old friends, the chimpanzees. Freg had the pleasure of spending countless hours with the wonderful apes when we worked at the Knoxville Zoo for almost a year in 2009.
Lu, one of the male chimpanzees, peaks around one of the rocks in their enclosure. Although it seems that these creatures don’t really care about visitors and their whereabouts, they know exactly where they are at all times.
Jimbo, the alpha male of the chimpanzees at the Knoxville Zoo cruises the terrain while keeping an eye on the rest of the group. His muzzle is lighter colored due to many of his younger years spent indoors. Like our skin, it darkens when in the sun.
George, a three year old chimpanzee, utilizes his already very strong arms and hands to shimmy quickly up a tree for a better view. Immediately after this photo was taken he proceeded to start shaking the tree back and forth vigorously as to shake something from the top.
I say sweet because she appears so in this photo, and in reality she is, but because George is her son, she does not hesitate to lay down the law when George’s safety is threatened.
Benti, one of the female chimpanzees peers up to one of the visitors. The chimpanzees are as curious about the visitors as we are about them.
Three-year-old George and Bo, and older female share affection. Like humans, the desire to feel and share affection is very strong.
Benti has very keen eyes on Bo as the cleans her face inch by inch. The grooming and cleaning of each other is a fantastic way to show affection.
George and I spent many hours chasing each other (through the glass of the viewing areas of course) while I worked at the zoo. This was one of the many faces I received when he saw my familiar face approaching.
At the Knoxville Zoo the younger male gorilla, Ajari, sitting and tracking the larger gorilla Bantu, even though they were separated by a cage wall.