Today's animal is a Japanese serow. They are one of those animals that appear to have been put together by a committee with one part form this animal and another part form a different animal. They are solitary animals typically, with overlapping ranges. Both males and females have small horns. This serow lives at the Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot, ND.

Today's animal is a red-necked wallaby. Wallabies are a common zoo animal as they are adaptable and easy to care for. I like exhibits which you can walk through and get up close to the wallabies if the let you. This little one lives at the Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina, KS.

Today's animal is the Plains Bison. These animals once roamed the Great Plains in numbers beyond counting. But by the late 1800s they were near extinction. Fortunately a group of conservationists and ranchers saved this magnificent animal from extinction. This bison lives at the Riverside Discover Center in Scotsbluff, NE. And they are on my list of favorite animals to photograph, not jut in zoos but anywhere I can find them.

Time for another update. This week was very productive for the book. The designer finished the Animal section and is working on the miscellaneous stuff for the book like the front matter and back matter. I will post a sample later today. I also sent my formal introduction letter about the book to the zoos. So far the feedback on the book has been very positive.

I want to thank everyone who has liked or followed the page. That really means a lot to see so many people interested in the project. The page is closing in on 1900 this week. That is very exciting and I cannot wait to get to 2000. Remember keep sharing it and the Pictures of the Day. With your help, I can make the book a big success.

One of the things, I should mention here is I plan to give a portion of the proceeds to each of the zoos featured in the book and to the two accrediting agencies, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Zoological Association of America. The plan is to split the proceeds in half, one half for me to continue my travels and work on my second book and half to split among the zoos and accrediting agencies. So yet another really good reason to buy the book when it comes out.

I will keep posting the appeals for donations and interesting posts form the zoos as I find them. And as always, please do what you can to help out your local zoo. Without attendance revenue, a lot of zoos are hurting right now. So become a member of your local zoo and if you can make a donation to help them out while the crisis continues.

We are all in this together.

Today's picture is a Pallas Cat. They were one of my favorite animals to see on my adventures. They are so fluffy and cute. They have many specialized adaptations for their normally cold environment the high steppes of Central Asia, like thick fur and longer canines. One unique thing about them is they have rounded pupils unlike other cats. This one lives at the Red River Zoo in Fargo, ND. The zoo has one of the most successful breeding programs for these interesting cats.