View 441: Mammals of the Zoo

Last week I shared photos of birds. This week I feature some of the mammals at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York I photographed during my visit.

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Nikon D750/80-400VRII, 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 1250, EV +0.3, 400mm Focal Length.

An adult Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) prowling the enclosure. Snow Leopards are still very much endangered and zoo populations keep the species viable.

Asian Elephants

Young Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) cooling off in the water at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Nikon D750/80-400VRII, 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 180, EV +0.3, 400mm Focal Length.

The two youngest members of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo’s Asian Elephants were cooling off in the water.

Bactrian Camel

Bactrian Camel (Camelus bactrianus) at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Nikon D750/80-400VRII, 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 320, EV +0.3, 320mm Focal Length.

Bactrian Camel (Camelus bactrianus) is a large, even-toed ungulate native to the steppes of Central Asia. Mostly domesticated, Bactrian camels have a tolerance for cold, drought, and high altitudes, which enabled them to be used for travel in caravans on the Silk Road.

American Bison Calf

American Bison calf (Bison bison) photographed at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Nikon D750/80-400VRII, 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 160, EV +0.3, 370mm Focal Length.

An American Bison calf (Bison bison) heading towards a muddy wallow to cool off on a hot summer’s day at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Except for the Snow Leopard exhibit, the other exhibits were large so I could not get in close for portraits and chose to get more environmental type photos.

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