Reflection's Flora and Fauna
A collection of my photos of flora and fauna, and maybe now and then,
something else that catches my attention and just will not let go.
Maybe even with little verbage, which is pretty hard for this gal.



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tampa Zoo: Southern White Rhino

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The Tampa Lowry Zoo has babies.  We visited just to see babies.  We were successful and enjoyed our day tremendously.

Here is Ahadi, a southern white Rhino, born May 21, 2015.  The heavy lines are to protect the creatures from man, eh?




Sony III at work, zooming:





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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tampa Zoo:: The Baby Elephants Playing in the Pool

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Our visit to the Tampa Lowry Zoo was to visit babies.  The elephants caught my attention for 11 minutes and almost 70 photos.  Yes, they were that cute.  I'll confess, I have never seen elephants play and swim in the water the way these two did.  The larger (I am assuming from birthdates) is Mpumi, born December 23, 2012.  The slightly smaller is Mavi, born on July 29, 2013.

Enjoy the show:








































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Monday, April 4, 2016

Tampa Zoo: The Baby Zebra

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Our visit recently to the Tampa Lowry Zoo was a hunt for babies.  We found them.  And, enjoyed them.  Meet Ruuxa, born January 15, 2016. Ruuxa is the first of the Harmann's Mountain Zebra born at the Lowry zoo.  In the first photo you can see her size in relation to the giraffe. 











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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Tampa Zoo:: BIG Tortoise. BIG!

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This HUGE tortoise eats his live oak leaf with a delicate tongue.


And, he got his leaf snack!




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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Tampa Zoo:: Meercat

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The meercat (from South Africa) is so much like the prairie dog that I cannot resist photographing them.  So, I do.





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Friday, April 1, 2016

Tampa Zoo: Baby Marabou Stork

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Our visit to the Tampa Lowry Zoo was all about babies.  Some are cute, and some have faces and bodies only a momma could love.

This is a marabou stork, born February 23 or 27, 2016.  (The light gray line in the middle of the photo is the fencing used to surround the display, to protect the babies from us, the humans.  Sony III and I just zoomed enough to see the baby and make the fencing not quite so obvious.)


Here are both of the chicks and one of the parents.  When we left the area I saw one of the parents (the dad?) carrying in a 4 foot stick to add to the nest.  You can clearly see the wires in this photo.





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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tampa Zoo: Chimpanzee

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Our visit to the Tampa Lowry Zoo was to see babies, and this one was high on the "punch" list.  This is Keeva.  Keeva is an orphan "adopted" by Abby.  Keeva was born March 12, 2015 at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.  Her mother did not handle motherhood very well, according to articles I found online.  Keeva was moved to Tampa when she was 4 weeks old.  Her mother, Abby, is 32 and has been a foster mommy 3 times before Keeva.

While we were visiting the chimps were all given a treat.   What looked like short lengths of plastic pipe stuffed with peanut butter and peanuts and who knows what else were thrown to the chimps.  Abby was actually called out of the back of the display to "catch" her treat.

It was a fun few minutes and again, Sony III and I were zooming away.


If you look closely,  you can see Abby has her treat and off they go to find a quiet spot to snack undisturbed.


Mom and adopted child:





"Can I try to dig it out Mom??"




Keeva is a little over a year now, seems to be doing quite well with her "Mom".




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