A Visual Journey Through New York’s Central Park Zoo

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New York’s  Central Park Zoo is fairly small, so you can get everything done in a couple hours…

^^It was a gorgeous day for the zoo!

It was a gorgeous day for the zoo!

^^The seals put on a cute little show at certain points during the day. You know, cause they're awesome.

^^The seals put on a cute little show at certain points during the day.

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^^The penguins! Oh my goodness, the penguins ...

^^The penguins! Oh my goodness, the penguins …

^^So handsome.

^^So handsome.

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^^These cute turtles reminded me of the one we have at home. His name is Marty, and he's a Red-eared slider.

^^These cute turtles reminded me of the one we have at home. His name is Marty, and he’s a red-eared slider.

^^ This little guy -- a Red Panda -- was sleeping so peacefully in the basket.

^^ This little guy — a Red Panda — was sleeping so peacefully in the basket.

^^Can you "spot" the spotted cheetah?

^^Can you “spot” the spotted cheetah?

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^^This big guy, the polar bear, was quite shy. Or sad. Or both.

^^This big guy, the polar bear, was quite shy. Or sad. Or both

^^ Snoozy cutie!

^^ Snoozy cutie!

^^ This little guy reminded me of 'Rainbow Brite,' one of my favorite movies as a kid.

^^ This little guy reminded me of ‘Rainbow Brite,’ one of my favorite movies as a kid.

^^ The Land of the Tropics was really fun. All the birds fly around and it's loud and swampy. Totally fun!

^^ The Land of the Tropics was really fun. All the birds fly around and it’s loud and swampy. Totally fun!

^^This bright little guy was fancy and he knew it.

^^This bright little guy was fancy and he knew it.

^This little mongoose baby was getting some attention from his mom the whole time I was there. So cute!

^This mongoose baby was getting some attention from his mom the whole time I was there. So cute!

^^ Such a handsome monkey!

^^ Such a handsome monkey!

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^^Part of the seal performance.

Cheryl Lock
Cheryl Lock is a former magazine, newspaper and website editor turned full-time freelance writer. She has worked on staff at the Daytona Beach News-Journal, More and Parents magazines, as well as for Learnvest, the leading women's financial website. Her work has also appeared in Newsweek, Forbes, Ladies' Home Journal, the Huffington Post, AOL Travel and more.

Cheryl was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up moving around every few years as an Army brat. The urge to travel has been with her her whole life. While she calls New York City home, Cheryl makes it a priority to travel as much as possible throughout the year. Some of her favorite places include Iceland, the Great Barrier Beef, Cabo, Rome, Calabria and Munich, although she hopes to never stop exploring. Cheryl blogs about her travel adventures (and what's happening in and around New York City) at Weary Wanderer.
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