Thursday, August 13, 2009

Central Park Zoo - New York City

Central Park -

The park is a big mystery to some people. Central Park covers 843 acres, which is 6% of Manhattan. Its' hours of operation are from 6:00 am until 1:00 am.
The Park stretches from Central Park South (59th St.) to 110th St. at the northern end and from 5th Ave. on the East Side to Central Park West (8th Ave.) on the West Side.

It's a great place to stroll, walk, run, picnic, hike, or just chill and relax. It's also the home of the Central Park Zoo.

Of course I had to stick my head in to see what was up! There are 130 different species ranging from giant Polar Bears to the tiny Leaf Cutter ants. A walk around the Zoo’s five plus acres will take you through a variety of habitats, all carefully designed to recreate the natural environment of the animals they house. I enjoyed the penguins and the Snow Leopards! One of the polar bears, and one leopard decided to put on a show which I captured on video. See below!

I must admit, I found the Penguins a bit interesting as well. Anyone watch "The Penguins of Madagascar?"

Here's a summary from

To most people, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private are just four cute penguins living in the Central Park Zoo. And that’s exactly what they want people to think. Why? Because these placid-looking penguins are actually an elite strike force with unmatched commando skills and a secret headquarters. Their mission? To maintain order in the zoo. Their nemesis? Their obnoxious new neighbor, King Julien. This party animal and self proclaimed "King of the Lemurs" is new to the zoo...and he's looking to shake things up

Well, I checked on the Penguins just to see if they'd demonstrate some of their commando techniques for me because you never know when you might need some of those skills! But instead of mean and blood thirsty killers, I found innocent and solemn love birds.

I also found that as it is in most of the animal kingdom, including humans, the Ladies make all of the rules and hold all of the cards in the penguin's "love game" as well!

Let's see, hmnnn ... Does that mean males try to attract attention by yelling?

Is that like.....

"WILMA?" or "LUCY?"

Or is it more like -

"Honey - Where's my Super Hero Costume?" "Where's the Remote?" "Where's My Dinner?"

Well Maybe not.

But anyway, here's some light entertainment from the Central Park Zoo.

Love was in the air!


I know, I could have gone in many different directions with this video.

Polar Bear with fleas!

Polar Bear with jock itch!

Polar Bear with......

Please be kind with your comments!


dickster1961 said...

I have had a thing for penguins since high school when Monty Python's Flying Circus had a sketch with a penguin standing on a television. Classic.

Penguins are interesting creatures. You are right about the female penguins calling the shot. If I recall correctly, the male offers a stone (kind of like an engagement ring) to the female and if she accepts, they mate. They also tend to mate for life. When the female lays the egg, the male is the one that sits on the egg until it hatches, while the female goes gallivanting about.

Heather Dugan ("Footsteps") said...

Nicely done. Penguins are consistently the best zoo entertainers, I think. Although, that polar bear's "gym stretch" agility was um... impressive.

Psst: Changed my address. If you wouldn't mind updating your link... thanks!

intrepidideas said...

Dickster, Wow! We have to talk about this penguin thing. I didn't know you had so much information. We could have done a tag-team on this post.