Cincinnati Zoo Collection One

Cincinnati Zoo Collection One

Here is the first post in my Cincinnati Zoo “Catch Them All” Collection! I hope to photograph every animal on display at the zoo and share these photos here and on my Instagram. I came up with the idea after Kings Island hosted a recent Pokemon Go tournament. Why chase fictitious creatures when we have amazing real ones right in my own backyard? Plus, I love little challenges and projects, and since we’re zoo members and I have a camera, it’s something a little extra to make our visits more fun (for me at least).

To ensure completion I bought a small Moleskine notebook to keep track to mark against a master list. The Cincinnati Zoo does do a good job of listing animals on their website but I don’t want to be embarrassed by improperly classifying one. I have tried taking pictures of the animal placards but that’s hard with a zoom lens.

The quality of these images from our most recent was mainly due to a nice day weather-wise and arriving early. Zoo members get in an hour before the general public, which is often when the animals are most active during the summer. It was nice visit overall, and the first zoo we’ve been to since our vacation in Florida.

The first image is a Snow Leopard, which is my favorite at the zoo. I couldn’t tell if I was looking at Renji or Nubo, evidentially one has a small mark on its nose, so I’m not sure which one I was lucky enough to spot looking at the image.

Eventually this project will get harder. The Cincinnati Zoo has one of the few insectariums in the world and I plan on adding them to the list too. This will require learning how to shoot macro. I have an elongation tube for this, but I’ve never sat down and actually learned how to use it. Another difficulty will come in low light situations, most notably “Night Hunters.” I’ll have to learn to use the camera’s custom functions while keeping it completely still.

Here are the animals on this list:

  • Snow Leopard
  • Little Penguin
  • Siamang
  • Chinese Alligator
  • Western Lowland Gorilla
  • Black and White Colobus Monkey
  • Buff Cheeked Gibbon

 

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard
Little Penguin
Little Penguin
Siamang
Siamang
Chinese Alligator
Chinese Alligator
Western Lowland Gorilla
Western Lowland Gorilla
Black and White Colobus Monkey
Black and White Colobus Monkey
Buff Cheeked Gibbon
Buff Cheeked Gibbon
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