Penguin – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Little Blue Penguin (ferry penguin) in New Zealand

P is for penguin . . .  or precious.   Practical Information:  Native to New Zealand these little blue penguins are fairly common on New Zealand coasts and also found in southern Australia. They are the world’s smallest penguin, standing just over 25cm (10 inches) and weighing only about a kilogramme (2.2 pounds). They are […]

Interesting Animals of the Auckland Zoo

Baby elephant at the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand (Auckland Zoo Photos)

I have mixed feelings about zoos, yet the Auckland Zoo always makes me smile. It is more than a venue to view the animals. It is a centre for conservation activities both domestically and around the world with extensive breeding and rescue programs. We have visited many times in our 12 years living in New Zealand. On a recent visit my Auckland Zoo photos focused […]

Penguins, Sharks, Sea Life: Kelly Tarlton’s in Auckland

Kelly Tarltons SeaLife Aquarium

Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium was the first place we visited when we arrived in New Zealand over 12 years ago. Despite being tired from the long flight we were looking forward to seeing penguins and riding the moving sidewalk through the world’s first acrylic tunnels allowing stingrays, sharks, and other southern ocean marine life […]

Ending the Challenge at the Auckland Zoo #AtoZ

Feeding the giraffe at the Auckland Zoo

Our journey though Auckland from A to Z, ends with a cliche, an obvious and simplistic Z. I take you to a zoo. Let me assure you, the Auckland Zoo is exciting.  It is loaded with New Zealand creatures, like kiwi birds and tuatara, and includes special exhibit areas dedicated to native wildlife.  However, my best shots […]

Wellington Zoo, Home to the Only Bear in New Zealand

Sun Bear at the Wellington Zoo, New Zealand

Wellington Zoo calls itself the “Best Little Zoo in the World,” and they just might be accurate. Having lived most of my life near large cities with somewhat famous zoos, I thought I had seen it all.  Not so. The Wellington Zoo offers many surprises, and is worth a visit.  It’s one of the highlights […]

Yawning Tiger Shows His Teeth at Auckland Zoo

yawning tiger

Check out this yawning tiger we spotted at the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand. Sometimes we get really lucky and are in the right spot at the right moment, camera in hand. In this case, the camera was prefocused and in the hand of my niece at the perfect moment. Yawning Tiger All photos ©Rhonda Albom […]

Berlin Zoo – Poor Animals Kept in Concrete Cages

Berlin Zoo

Today, we (hubby and Melissa) went to the Berlin Zoo. It houses the largest number of species in the world, and is also Europe’s most visited zoo, with about 3 million annual visitors. The zoo was very different from what we thought it would be. At the Auckland Zoo, the animals are kept in large […]

Baby Panda Climbs a Tree at Chengdu China’s Research Center

Baby Panda Climbs a Tree in Chengdu, China

Our timing is perfect. Mama panda is assisting baby panda as he tries to climb a tree as we approach the enclosure housing baby panda at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, China. Baby Panda Learns to Climb a Tree Our visit is about more than just lots of “awww” moments […]

Auckland Zoo Keeper Walking the Elephant Through the Zoo

Walking the Elephant

Walking the Elephant, a daily activity at the Auckland Zoo. Animal encounters and interactions are often healthy, and the exercise is good for the elephant’s well being. Photo ©Rhonda Albom 2003.Auckland, New Zealand We have also seen cheetahs walked at the Auckland Zoo. Have you been to the Auckland Zoo when they were walking the elephant? […]