I have been scanning in some old photos recently, and came across this one. I took this photo in 1976 at the Crandon Park Zoo on Key Biscayne in Miami. The old zoo closed in 1981 when they opened the giant and much-improved Metro Zoo. I spent many a Sunday afternoon at the old Crandon Park Zoo as a child growing up in the Miami area.
The Crandon Park Zoo on Key Biscayne got its start in the late-1940’s when a Circus ran out of money and got stranded in Miami. They began with a couple of monkeys, two black bears, and a goat. By the late-1960’s, the Crandon Park Zoo was rated one of the best zoos in the United States. The Crandon Park Zoo closed (around 1981) when the new Miami Metro Zoo opened.
Today’s Camera Critter is:
Flamingos or flamingoes are gregarious wading birds in the genus Phoenicopterus and family Phoenicopteridae. They are found in both the Western Hemisphere and in the Eastern Hemisphere, but are more numerous in the latter. There are four species in the Americas and two species in the Old World. Two species, the Andean and the James’s Flamingo, are often placed in the genus Phoenicoparrus instead of Phoenicopterus.