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Animal Photos on this page last updated: September 27, 1997 (New format)
As of July 12, 1997, all of the photos formerly on this page have been replaced with new photos. The exception to this are the photos of the two sister tigers, Larkana and Kadari, from the Wildlife Waystation. Since I only recently put these pictures on the page, I have left them here for a little longer. To see the photos of each animal, click on the underlined "hyperlink" for the photo you would like to see.
The North Chinese Leopard photo has been edited in Corel Photopaint 7. The original photo was taken at the San Diego Zoo. This leopard is behind bars. Because the leopard was farther back from me on a rock ledge and I stood very close to the bars, they blurred into oblivion. But the bars behind the leopard remained in the photo. I felt this was distracting, so I replaced the background with one more in keeping with the nature of the photo. Everything else in the photo is as it was in the original. I did a similar adjustment in the photo of the Canada Goose. Here I blurred the background fencing.
All of these photos are 24 bit color jpeg (jpg extension) files. If you want to save one to a file on your computer, right-click on the large displayed photo and then make the selection to save to disk (This may not be supported by all browsers). Since these photos are 75 - 96 DPI, they are suitable for screen display, but will not be as good if you try to print them. I have or can scan a 300 DPI version of most of these files. If there is a particular photo you would like to have in the higher DPI, if you EMail me, I can probably send the file to you attached to EMail. If you have a particular animal you would like to see a photo of, EMail me - I may have a photo.
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|North Chinese Leopard|
|This photo of a North Chinese Leopard was taken at the San Diego Zoo in 1997.
As mentioned in the introductory paragraph at the beginning of this page, The original
photo has been altered. The leopard was behind bars. Because the leopard was
farther back from me on a rock ledge and I stood very close to the bars, they blurred so
much as to disappear. The bars behind the leopard still showed in the photo.
I replaced the background bars with jungle foliage more in keeping with the nature of the
photo. Everything else in the photo is as it was in the original.
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|This photo of an Okapi was taken at the San Diego Zoo. The okapi are so elusive
and occupy such dense forests in their native Zaire, that they were not discovered until
1901. It is a relative of the giraffe. The Okapi's tongue is 15 inches long,
almost as long as the tongue of the giraffe. The beautiful fur is just as soft and velvety
as it looks.
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|This photo of a Pintail Duck was taken at Mombasa Lagoon at the San
Diego Wild Animal Park. This picturesque lagoon is teeming with a wide variety of
waterfowl. The birds are constantly in motion, causing the surface of the water to
ripple and reflect very attractive color combinations as is the case in this photo.
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|This photo is one of the polar bear cubs at the Polar Bear Plunge of the
San Diego Zoo. I'm not sure which one this is, but since it was taken before they
brought in two additional cubs, it is one of the original two cubs. The photo was
taken in 1997, when I went to a special "Early Hours with a Keeper" which is a
feature offered to Keeper Club members, where you can go before the zoo opens and listen
to a special presentation of an animal by the keeper. This day the keeper had
"enriched" the polar bears' environment by placing various treats around the
enclosure. This "boomer ball" which is provided for the animals' play and
enjoyment has been treated with a little peanut butter, which the cub is licking off the
ball. Later, the ball fell into the water and the bear went after it, performing a
little underwater sport.
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|Sheena, Alaskan Brown Bear|
|This is a photo of Sheena, one of the Alaskan Brown bears at the San
Diego Zoo. Earlier I had a picture of Sheena and her brother, Spanky, on this page.
Here, Sheena looks like she is taking a timeout.
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|Sinbad, Blue and Gold Macaw|
|This is a photo of Sinbad, the Blue and Gold Macaw at the San Diego Zoo.
The vase of the two macaws, which is displayed on the "My Paintings" page
was painted using Sinbad and a Scarlet Macaw (pictured earlier on this page) as models.
Both the Blue and Gold and the Scarlet Macaw are very noisy birds, constantly
screaming at each other. In addition to Sinbad and the Scarlet Macaw (whose name I
do not know), there is a green Military Macaw in the same area at the zoo. I have
photos of the Military too and some day I may try doing another painting of a macaw, using
him as a model. These are intelligent birds. I have seen others of their
kind who had learned to speak, make imitative sounds and perform various tricks. It
is said that they have the intelligence (and apparently the disposition) of a two year
old. They can live to be older than 70 years.
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|West African Crowned Crane|
|This photo is a West African Crowned Crane from the San Diego Wild Animal
Park. I think these are a most beautiful bird. I hope to paint one sometime
in the near future. Last spring, I visited the Wild Animal Park and observed one of
these birds performing what appeared to be a mating dance. He (I assume it was a
he) repeatedly jumped in the air, flapping his wings and did a kind of skipping action.
Normally, these birds are rather placid.
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|This photo of a White Pelican, was taken at Mombasa Lagoon, at the San
Diego Wild Animal Park. This is the photo I used as a basis for the painting on an
oval plate which at one time was on the "My Paintings" page. To depict the
shimmering water, I put liquid bright gold all over the plate, except for the area where
the White Pelican was to be. Then I covered the gold with various shades of green,
red and brown to create the sun-reflected water shown in this photo.
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|Two Wood Ducks|
|This picture of two Wood Ducks originated from an 8 mm tape taken with my
camcorder. I have a hardware device, called a "Snappy", for extracting
stills from video tape. As you can see in this picture, the photos are not as sharp
as you might get with a regular camera, but I sometimes can get pictures that I might not
be able to get by the time I have to focus my regular Canon camera. These ducks are
at the San Diego Zoo.
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|This photo was taken many years ago in Newwark, New York at the Sara
Coventry Jewelry plant. I have always liked this photo. I think the Canada
Goose is a beautiful bird. There is a pond on the grounds of the Sara Coventry
plant and the Canada Geese and Mallard Ducks, making their annual migratory flight, use it
as a stop-over point. Many people come to observe these birds and to feed them
bread scraps. It is a sight worth seeing, birds landing and taking off from time to
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|This baby orangutan was photographed at the San Diego Zoo. I think
this is the Bornean orangutan because it does not have the wide "baffle-type"
cheeks of the Sumatran orangutan. The name orangutan means "old man of the
forest". The orangutan used to be widespread throughout the islands of
southeastern Asia, but now the only orangutans left are native to Borneo and Sumatra,
where there are less than five thousand remaining. These animals are almost totally
arboreal, spending most of their time in the trees. It is fascinating to watch the
antics of these primates. I like the quizzical expression on the face of this
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|This is a Damara Zebra from the San Diego Zoo. This Zebra lives
further south in Africa than any of the other surviving zebra species. It has
coffee-brown stripes with milk-chocolate "shadow stripes" on a creamy
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|Waterfowl in Mombasa Lagoon|
|This photo was taken at Mombasa Lagoon at the San Diego Wild Animal park.
I'm not sure what type of waterfowl this is. I think it may some type of
goose. It may be a duck. There are so many waterfowl in the Lagoon and not
many signs indicating the names of the various species.
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|This photo was taken at the San Diego Wild Animal park. The photo
was taken in bright sunshine. The Grevy's Zebra are an endangered species.
There have been more than 100 births at the Wild Animal Park. This species of Zebra
is very agressive. They used to be out on the large 125 acre area where most of the
hooved animals are at the Park. They caused problems by kicking some of the other
animals and, for this reason, they were given their own area on a hillside, which is on
the left side of the monorail route. They are said to be on "Timeout".
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|This photoof a Pigmy Marmoset was taken at the San Diego Zoo. The
adult measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 2.5 ounces. This primate
originates from the upper Amazonian forests of Ecuador, northern Peru and Brazil.
Earlier this year, there were some baby Pigmy Marmosets and they were not much bigger than
a walnut, cute as could be.
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|I this photo was taken at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
And, I think this is a Milky Stork. This is the same type
of bird as the white birds on the vase I recently completed. This
is not the photo I used for the painting. The Milky Storks at the
San Diego Zoo are in Tiger River in the "Misty Marsh".
These birds are native to India.
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|Larkana, Bengal Tiger|
|This is a photo of Larkana, one of the "Ambassador"
animals at the Martine Colette Wildlife Waystation in the Angeles Crest
National Forest. Larkana is a Bengal tiger. The Waystation
takes in abandoned "exotic" and wild animals and, if another place
cannot be found for them, they are housed and cared for at the Waystation.
An "Ambassador" animal is one who goes on the Outreach events
of the Waystation to assist in educating children and adults about wild
animals and the work of the Wildlife Waystation. The Wildlife Waystation
is on the Internet. I have a link to this organization on the "Web
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|Kadari, Bengal Tiger|
|This is a photo of Kadari. Kadari is Larkana's sister. She is also an
"Ambassador" animal with the Martine Colette Wildlife Waystation.
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Animated Tiger (gif file) on this page is courtesy of the Animated GIF Archives.