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Re: On Safari in Africa -- wildlife gallery

PortMoresby ·
I love the elephants and the Odd Couple on the far right going off to who-knows-where.
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Re: On Safari in Africa -- wildlife gallery

GarryRF ·
Great photo's DrF. !! How close to the animals do you get ? Did you need plenty of zoom on the camera ? Me and the family always had health problems while I'm in Africa. Were you OK ?
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Re: On Safari in Africa -- wildlife gallery

DrFumblefinger ·
Thank you for your comments PortMoresby and GarryRF!. Yes, we got quite close to the animals Garry, although you definitely need to have a telephoto lens and best to have a camera with a quick shutter speed. I used my digital SLR on these and shot photos in bursts of 5-6, picking out the one I like best. You need to be very careful about where you eat in Africa, maybe more so than in most places. But we traveled with a quality safari outfit (And Beyond), which not only prepared great meals,...
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Re: The "Noah's Ark" airport

Travel Rob ·
DrFumblefinger- I couldn't pull up that link.Does a person need to be a Wall St Journal Subscriber? Frankfurt's airport is also pretty nice for people.
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Re: The "Noah's Ark" airport

DrFumblefinger ·
That's strange TravelRob, because I run into the same issue today, while yesterday it loaded fine (and free, I don't subscribe to the WSJ). You can hear about it in the free podcast. I've added the link to this above.
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Re: The "Noah's Ark" airport

Former Member ·
This story is a delight. Thanks for posting this. One reads about cases in which customs ceases endangered animals in transport. Perhaps this is ibe reason - some of that cargo is going via Lufthansa Cargo and passing through the Frankfurt Animal Lounge. So that is important work that they are doing there. They both keep the animals safe in transit and look out for those who should not be shipped at all. DrFumblefinger - The pony looks very healthy. You must know a lot about animals. Do you...
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Re: The "Noah's Ark" airport

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the note, Voyager. I did find the piece about animals in transit interesting. I know a little about animals. It's my wife who is the Dr. Doolittle. She loves them in all sizes and shapes and they seem to like and understand her.
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Re: The "Noah's Ark" airport

Former Member ·
they seem to like and understand her. Animals - including birds - know who the "friendlies" are. Must be an innate trait for survival.
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Re: The "Noah's Ark" airport

Theodore Behr ·
That's a cool story! I work in showbiz (behind the scenes stuff) and there's a great movie or series to made from this.
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Re: HOW YOU CAN SAVE THE ASIAN ELEPHANT

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for sharing this.It does sound like a great way to help the Elephants while getting to spend with them !
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Re: HOW YOU CAN SAVE THE ASIAN ELEPHANT

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for sharing these thoughts. Elephants are highly intelligent animals, probably smarter than dogs for example. Wild elephants in Asia are having a hard time because of loss of habitat and conversion of their normal range to agricultural land. Most do not have ivory tusks so unlike their African cousins, they are not slaughtered for their teeth. In Sri Lanka I visited the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala a number of times, which I've previously written about on TravelGumbo at this link .
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Re: A Day at the Zoo: San Diego, California

IslandMan ·
A well written and informative blog piece Dr F...I agree with you that zoos should not be abandoned. There is a place for them especially when it comes to protecting endangered species. The San Diego Zoo certainly looks like a great place to visit and the variety of animals there is a regular Noah's Ark (good to see a few Aussie Koalas). You've captured some amazing shots in the gallery too.
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Re: A Day at the Zoo: San Diego, California

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks IslandMan! Probably the rarest animal at the zoo is the California Condor. Only the San Diego and Los Angeles zoos exhibit these birds and were instrumental in saving them from extinction. With only a few dozen birds left in the wild, a controversial decision was made several decades ago to capture them all and place the remaining birds in these two zoos for a captive breeding program. They now number several hundred and are slowly being re-introduced into the wild, with limited...
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Re: A Day at the Zoo: San Diego, California

Travel Rob ·
Great photos and glad to hear the Condor is making a comeback.i still visit zoos all over and both the San Diego and LA Zoos are two of my favorites.The old advertising for the San Diego Zoo was <You belong in the Zoo and the Zoo belongs to you.
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Re: A Day at the Zoo: San Diego, California

Andre Pur ·
I really love the Panda, I'm so happy when i see those bears Thank you for the pictures they are really lovely .
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Re: A Day at the Zoo: San Diego, California

DrFumblefinger ·
Thank you, Andre! This was the third zoo I've ever seen giant pandas in. And by far it was the best one. They had two pandas, in separated but adjoining enclosures (one male, one female). Both were sitting there eating bamboo and seemed to enjoy watching the throng of people walking by them. It was as though the zoo's visitors were there to entertain the pandas, rather than the other way around. As for bears, I'm always happier to see them in a zoo than on a hiking trail in the Rockies...
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The "Noah's Ark" airport

DrFumblefinger ·
We normally think of airports as people places, but Frankfurt's airport handles twice as many animals as people each year, and it's a very busy people airport!  Everything from horses to fish to rare exotic creatures.  An interesting piece...
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Zermatt's Saint Bernards retire from pictures

PHeymont ·
Modern times have decimated traditional ways and images all over the world; this evening I was devastated to learn that the famous Saint Bernards whose image, with brandy keg, says "Alpine" whenever and wherever you see it, are no longer used in...
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Animals at the Airport: Working for you...

PHeymont ·
OK, it's a stretch, but USA Today reports on several airports where unusual tactics are being used to keep airports maintained and planes out of trouble. Among them are O'Hare, SFO and Atlanta.   But surely few have gone as far as Portland...
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Spanish town grants equal rights to animals

PHeymont ·
A small Spanish town has taken a world first: It's formally recognized equal status for human and non-human residents of t town, and laid out rules for protection.   Trigueros del Valle, a town of 300 in the province of Valladolid, passed the law...
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A Day at the Zoo: San Diego, California

DrFumblefinger ·
  Among my fondest memories as a child are family visits to the zoo.  I was fascinated by it all!  The sights, the sounds, the smells, the people, and especially by the exotic animals.  It seemed a grand adventure and I think may...
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HOW YOU CAN SAVE THE ASIAN ELEPHANT

Travel With Lamb ·
The Exploitation of the Asian Elephant   I’m not going to deny that the Asian Elephant is continuously exploited, it is happening. Over the last few weeks there was a link making its rounds on Facebook revealing the tragic lives of the...
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Vienna's real-pony carousel to close

PHeymont ·
Dropping revenues and rising hostility from animal rights groups put an end to a unique attraction.
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What Are The New Disney World Park Attractions You Can Enjoy This Summer?

Muhammad Sheeraz ·
Walt Disney was a legend, both in his lifetime and well beyond it. His name is synonymous with many well-loved Disney movies that span many decades and multiple generations. He was also the curator of magical things in real life too, which you can find at Disney World. As well as being a creative and an inventor, Walt Disney, was a fan of animation, which can be seen in all of his movies. In fact, he was so passionate about this side of creativity that he helped develop many cutting-edge...
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Where Gumbo was #326)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the fabulous San Diego Zoo Safari Park. About a half hour's drive north of San Diego, it covers a vaste 1800 acres and offers the opportunity to see hundreds of species of often endangered animals roam freely in their vast enclosures.
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On Safari in Africa -- wildlife gallery

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm not sure I've ever had a more enjoyable vacation that being on safari in Africa!  There are a number of countries where animal viewing is good, these photos being highlights of some of the larger animals we saw during a week spent in...
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School spirit? Get your mascot on Frontier's tail!

PHeymont ·
Frontier Airlines puts big animal pictures on the tails of its planes. Now they invite you to vote for your favorite school or college mascot to go on a new one.
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Sept. 7, 2018: Conservation Carousel, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

DrFumblefinger ·
A lover of carousels, DrFumblefinger enjoyed this colorful collection of animals at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
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Re: School spirit? Get your mascot on Frontier's tail!

GarryRF ·
I flew Frontier last week. From Miami to Philadelphia. Pleasant, courteous staff. Clean plane. Couple of hours in the air. None of the refinements of a long haul flight - I knew not to expect any. Just like any European Budget carrier. I'd recommend them to anyone. Nice folks.
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Panda, San Diego Zoo

DrFumblefinger ·
Panda, San Diego Zoo
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Flamingos, San Diego Zoo

DrFumblefinger ·
Flamingos, San Diego Zoo
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Grizzly Bear, San Diego Zoo

DrFumblefinger ·
Grizzly Bear, San Diego Zoo
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California Condor, San Diego Zoo

DrFumblefinger ·
California Condor, San Diego Zoo
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Red Panda, San Diego Zoo

DrFumblefinger ·
Red Panda, San Diego Zoo
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Malayan Tapir, San Diego Zoo

DrFumblefinger ·
Malayan Tapir, San Diego Zoo
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Re: Vienna's real-pony carousel to close

DrFumblefinger ·
Assuming these ponies are well cared for, as most animal owners do for their animals, the children of Vienna are being denied an important experience. The opportunity to interact with and enjoy a large animal and ride on it. Where else will kids living in a large city go for such an experience? I recall with great fondness and excitement my first pony rides at the fair and am tired of a shrill minority dictating its will to the rest of us.
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Re: Vienna's real-pony carousel to close

GarryRF ·
The Circus - the Clydesdale Shire Horse - Donkey Rides on the beach and the Goldfish. All driven to extinction by tree huggers.
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Re: Vienna's real-pony carousel to close

Ava ·
We just visited this park recently and didn't see anyone on this ride, nor were we particularly interested in it.
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Critters in La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

DrFumblefinger ·
Gaudi liked to incorporate elements of nature into his architectural plans. DrFumblefinger shares some of the animals he spotted at La Sagrada Familia.
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Pets Love Road Trips—At Least Our Dogs Do!

Samantha ·
Samantha shares some pictures of their dogs on some local road trips.
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Re: Pets Love Road Trips—At Least Our Dogs Do!

DrFumblefinger ·
We like doing road trips with our dogs, too. They hate to be left behind and always seem to enjoy the excitement of traveling somewhere new.
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