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Sunday, August 23, 2009

The ZOO!!


We just spent an amazing day at the Los Angeles Zoo. My friend Jeanette Tonnies, a technician at the LA Zoo, treated me and my girlfriend Natasha to an amazing behind-the-scenes tour. Zoos have become controversial lately with many animal advocate groups protesting animal captivity and abuse. I think probably most people that visit this website have a respect if not a love for all living things. After seeing the kind of treatment, care, and love that each animal in the zoo receives, I now have even more admiration and respect for the great work these wonderful people are doing at zoological facilities. Most of these animals that are now in the zoo were born in captivity and wouldn't be able to survive in the wild. They receive excellent medical care and nutrition. They are all studied and researched to help us understand and fortify their population in the wild. Some, like the California Condors, would no longer exist if it weren't for the tireless passion and compassion of the teams at places like the LA Zoo. Here are a few moments from our time spent at the zoo:

Jeanette shows us some x-rays of a successful procedure repairing a primate. Their state-of-the-art medical facility there rivals hospitals for humans with some specialized equipment for dealing with the various sizes of their patients.

Not all of the reptiles at the zoo are residents. This Southern Pacific Rattlesnake was a visitor just like us. A couple of the handlers from the snake exhibit came and gingerly took this guy to a safe place where he could avoid so much human traffic.

This is JABBA the hippo. His home zoo is in San Diego but he is currently on an exchange program here in Los Angeles. True to his name, Jabba weighs in at over FOUR THOUSAND POUNDS!!!

Jabba's neighbor is Rhona the Rhino. Rhona's handler, Stephanie, explains how Rhona recently had her horn surgically removed because she had cancer in it. Rhona is still in treatment but is making wonderful progress.

As you can see here, Rhona's skin is very thick and heavy but at the same time, it is very sensitive to touch.

This particular female giraffe is not surprisingly interested in Natasha's fashion sense and is comparing notes on dress and footwear.

All Things Possible! Chris


  • At 3:35 PM, August 23, 2009 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hi everyone...
    I was checking back to leave a comment that I had enjoyed all the postings about the previous topic, and also to welcome the new fans posting, and so just found the new one. This is really ATP... thanks for taking time to put these photos up. You are right about the forum friends. We all love animals..."all creatures great and small!" And this is one person who knows how much the host loves all things zoos! Happy week ahead enjoying summer moments...Sue
    PS...I believe Jaschenka has a cute animal rescue story to share...which I think has the makings of a "movie", you can see how I've been influenced in the past few years:)

  • At 2:01 AM, August 24, 2009 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hi Forum Family!
    All Things Animal this topic and wow Chris- thanks for sharing this amazing experience.
    If anyone ever has a change to visit the ShangHai Zoo however, think twice or bring tissues. I was totally shocked going there and even more so to find out several months later after my return home that there was an exchange programm with that very same Zoo bringing a primate from our local Zoo (Ute, we still need to go there some time!) to Shanghai. However, that might actually be good as they could be making great improvements..and that was very much needed. I think it is all in the culture differences and the way we look at animals. They even had 'regular' dogs as Zoo exhibits as they are very exotic to them. Poor Lassie in far too small cages..Biggest impact for me was seeing the great panda. Although she was behind glass I don't think I'll ever get to see that again. Biggest impact on the little Chinese kids there I think was me..;)

    Sue- about that movie. Hm I think there already is one (or two) about that from a mouses point of view; Stuart Little!! Nah, if this little story makes a movie than the rest of my life would be a long running soap opera. But for all of you who are not keeping up on Facebook: The other day when I went to take my dog out there was a little albino mousey sitting outside trying to make friends with the neighbours cat. Cat seemed not interested but it was not harmfull to Mousey either. By the time I got back (and I take long walks with my dog!) cat had gone and Mousey found shelter under the wheel of a parked car. Not smart. Cars have the ability to move every now and then. Flat Mousey. So I went to fetch him, he was very tame -at least to me- and quite adorable but I could not keep him so I brought him to the park. I think he must have escaped or been set free by his owners. Unfortunately that still happens often enough especially during vacation time.

    Not sure what the weather is doing over there but over here temperatures are still very summerish. Another thing to consider: watch out leaving your dogs in the car unattended in sunny weather. Temperatures in cars rise to extreme heights in a few minutes, even with open windows for fresh air!

    Take care of your animals everyone and cuddles to all. Be Inspired!

  • At 9:29 AM, September 03, 2009 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Jaschenka...I still think it would make a cute movie.

    Well, Chris, I can see by your Tweets -- or Clint's:)-- that you are supernova busy at the end of this summer! How can we keep up with you? I'm having enough fun trying to keep up with Clayton Klein -- The Walking Man-- your friend and mine.
    He's on his way to the U.P. to set off tomorrow morning on his 420-mile trek down through Michigan to Hell & Beyond to Ohio for Michigan Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. Wish you could come walk again with us, as it's his last time for this big adventure.
    Well, the tables got turned on me yesterday (me with all the questions, right?). Detroit News photographer met Clayton at the park where he was walking. I got there after. Big surprise. On the way home, the writer for their story called me! Not just to find out about Clayton, but me! Me, who is the interviewer, not the interviewee. I don't know how to answer questions. I only know how to ask them!:) So you may all laugh now over this. They'll all know on Facebook. But thought I'd catch everyone here at forum. All the very busy "peeps" I know, including me, are so immersed in projects and other adventures, we barely have time to check in here anymore!

    But I hope we all will, as often as we can, to keep All Things Possible alive and growing;)

    Glad you had a day to take time out at the zoo. Yes, I think a giraffe is a perfect animal for you. The gentle giants...I'm sure the forum family would agree.

    All Things Beautiful to you all
    for this wonderful holiday weekend! Sue

  • At 7:17 PM, September 04, 2009 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hi everyone...Happy Labor Day Weekend! I think I've been writing the web link for my blog for Clayton wrong. It's I keep forgetting the hyphen. Keeping Up With Clayton Klein. Just started it the other night, and need to catch up with it before we go meet him up north in Indian River. Thought I could catch all of you here. My website has the schedules on and hospice information...also on Facebook group page, thanks to a shirttail cousin of Chris' who was checking up on me:) He will walk with us closer to home. Plus there's a little tiny bit of advancement on fans and friends page:) Lots to do on that. Thanks for all your comments and support. It means a lot. Off I go a blogging! ATB/P/Sue

  • At 7:28 PM, September 04, 2009 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    You can tell I'm new at this! It's

    What a mouthful!

    Chris...congrats on the new things on Twitter...hope everyone will check out your page...and share some comments here:)

  • At 8:40 AM, September 05, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey all - sorry it seems I've been away but it's my busy time of year at work. So that along with rehearsals for two shows (one I'm acting in and one I'm directing and wrote) have kept me mostly off-line.

    Sue, thanks for the note about Chris's "tweets" I went to Twitter and got caught up on all the excitment and am looking forward to hearing more (I'm not so into Twitter that I have texts sent to my phone so I have to log on to read them).

    Been thinking a lot about LA in general these days because of the fires...

    Chris loved the behind the scenes of the zoo! Not too many people realize the importance zoos actually have in terms of safe guarding the genetic diversity of life in our world. I seem to recall reading somewhere that in the very near future - if not already - some species will only exists in zoos becuase of the damage to their natural habitats, poaching, etc. It's certainly something to think about and act on!

    Have a great weekend all!


  • At 10:39 AM, September 08, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Greetings family forum,

    Hope you all had a wonderful Labor day weekend. I just got back from Zion National Park. Beautiful place to hike and climb.

    Thank you Chris for taking us behind the scenes at the zoo.

    Sue I also appreciate the reminder about twitter, to keep us up to date.

    Tanya Hoover

  • At 7:47 PM, September 08, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Just read your post about Zion - I've only been there once myself but I remember it as being one of the most beautiful and awe inspiring places I've ever been! Thanks for the memories.


  • At 2:44 PM, September 12, 2009 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Wow, everyone is apparently "supernova" busy! Yes, the Tweets are getting quite good...and very ATP! Perhaps the Tweeter(s) may throw a comment in here sometime:)
    Meanwhile, I haven't been to a big national park, but here's my Sept. update. We were up in beautiful northern Michigan (state park) for my husband and his dad to go fishing and to see Clayton as he came down from the U.P.
    Clayton's in Grayling and will be heading on downstate tomorrow. Talked to him this morning and he's doing great and people are turning out quite well at the various stops. When you drive downstate, it takes a few hours, but thinking of walking it just still seems incomprehensible to me. Although today I met some ultra runners who were having a huge event at the park where my husband works (Chris knows the area) and it is a huge event they have each year.
    Such different adventures and challenges. Walking 20 miles a day for three weeks or so...or running 50-60 miles at once...both boggle my mind.
    To spice things up here, you could look at some bright tees honoring Clayton's walk (they're on Facebook too, but here's the link)

    And for a lively little video for my next writing adventure:

    Who knows where all of this will lead...but All Things are Possible! Appreciate having this forum family to share the ATPs:)

    Hope all is well with everyone! Sue

  • At 3:48 PM, September 12, 2009 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi everyone and Welcome to Tanya from me as well!

    Hope you all are well and are having a great weekend. The weather here, in Northwest Italy, is getting cooler and wetter now after the second hottest, driest summer ever!

    As all of us love and respect living beings, creatures, things i really enjoyed reading your report, great comments and seeing photos you posted here from the amazing tour at the Los Angeles Zoo. Thank you, Chris for taking the time to share all of that here and as Dave perfectly said as well, for remembering the great work wonderful people do, taking good care of animals.

    I had the pleasure to watch "The Land That Time Forgot" to see you Chris, all the cast. I liked the movie, your character and special effects. Congrats that movie 'Complacent' wins Award of Merit at the Indy film festival!

    Sue, Jaschenka, Chris, Dave thank you for the updates; wishing all of you and everyone lot of luck with all! Take care!


  • At 9:31 AM, September 14, 2009 , Blogger Christopher said...

    Hey All!

    Thanks so much for your posts. Sounds like a great trip to Zion, Tanya. We've always meant to go. Dave, good luck with Steinbeck coming up! Please keep us posted! Susan, thank you so much for the links to your walking adventures! Sounds like you should go hiking at Zion next! Alex, as always, what a joy you bring to the forum. Thanks.

    Today is my brother's birthday, so Happy Birthday Sam!

    All Things Possible,

  • At 10:49 AM, September 14, 2009 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi all!

    Chris! Great to hear from you again, thank you so much for your lovely words and Happy Birthday to your brother Sam, from me too!

    Hope you all are having a great week!
    Be well!


  • At 8:47 PM, September 14, 2009 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Happy Birthday Sam from me, too!

    Alex, so good to hear your voice on the forum...hope all is well with everyone who's been absent for awhile. Know that we think of you, even when you're not chiming in:)

    Summer's ending on the calendar, but from the looks of things autumn will be busy for us all, as well. A good place for ATP cheer, though, is right here. Look forward to all your updates...
    and Dave, more about your theatre adventures!
    ATB to all...Sue

  • At 7:28 PM, September 21, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It's been too quiet here for too long so I'm breaking the silence! I hope everyone is still checking in but like me just too busy to post. Sue, thanks for asking about my "adventures" as rehearsals are coming along great. Tonight we rehearsed Curley's Wife's death - as most of you may know the violent scenes are sometimes the most difficult as we have to be careful with the choreography to be sure that nothing goes wrong. Tonight's scene is a piece of cake compared to my big fight scene with Curley earlier in the play.

    BTW, I notice that Warner is casting for the new "Green Lantern" movie. Ryan Reynolds already has the lead locked up but I see they are still looking for a Sinestro - the villian. The part calls for a well built man in his thirties to forties. Now who do we know that might fit that bill - and has already proven to be a creepy villian (or villian suspect) in at least on film to date? And more importantly how do we get him an audition? And does he look good in purple?

    Here's hoping! I also hope everyone is doing well - ATP!!


  • At 9:26 PM, September 23, 2009 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Dave, thanks for the note about your projects, but where did you say what they were, exactly. Did I miss something? I've been very scattered lately with so much going on. Way up above you said one you're in and one you wrote. What's your website again where we can look you up? Is there a fan page for your theatre? I'm fans of Williamston. It would be fun to be a fan of yours. Ditto Chris...if there are fan sites we might enjoy, hope you'll suggest them to us.
    Inviting all the forum family who are on FB to join our Clayton Klein group. Although I'm wondering if I should have made a fan page.
    He's getting a lot of attention this week as he comes into his home territory here. Radio interview this morning. Wondering what to expect in Hell tomorrow. I'll report back. This year he walks on to Chelsea, Manchester, Adrian into Ohio. I hope to catch him Saturday on the Manchester leg since my nephew lives there now.

    Thanks, too, Dave for breaking the silence here. Some people must be more than supernova busy. And you can't really talk like this on Facebook:)

    I'm so busy, I didn't even realize the theatre season begins here next week. Hope to catch one or two. Somehow. This is just not right...being so busy:) But it's all good stuff!

    Enjoyed our annual Clayton experience Williamston to Webberville with Chris' mom and step-dad and Chris and Clayton's shirt-tail cousin, Todd Brooks. A very neat guy. I'll see him again tomorrow when we catch Clayton in Hell.

    Haven't heard from Tim and Tom in a long while...are you out there?:)

    Happy Autumn and ATP thoughts to all...Sue

  • At 9:49 AM, September 24, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thanks Dave it has been to quiet. Can not believe that summer is gone. It sounds like you are enjoying yourself.

    I don't like seeing Chris as the bad guy - he is amazing and does it well, but I don't think of him that way...But a supervillain, that would work.

    Sue thanks for all your insight.

    Tanya Hoover

  • At 7:12 PM, September 24, 2009 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Tanya, thanks, for the kind thoughts. Just stopping by to say hi.
    Pretty tuckered out this week from keeping up with Clayton Klein. He walked into Hell today. Hope all his efforts will raise good contributions for Michigan Hospice Org. It's been an intense month.
    Looking forward to the latest "fan" news here soon:) ATB/P weekend! Sue

  • At 10:07 AM, September 25, 2009 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    I'm back...checking tweets. Congrats on Complacent being screened in Chicago... when can we find out more about this film?:) ATB/P/Sue


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