Early Entry to the Zoo

Event: Rob Bixby has arranged to get us into the Zoo an hour before the gates open, so come join us for an unique opportunity to shoot the Zoo without the crowds.  

Recommended the Skill Level: All

Recommended Equipment: Camera, Tripod or Monopod

Cost: $12.95, zoo members get in free

How to get in:

1) Pay for tickets through Paypal (Paypal Account: [masked] - if you absolutely cannot do this, email me to discuss alternative payment arrangements).  Payments must be made by August 14th.  We have to pay the zoo on the 15th and turn in a headcount.  If you are a zoo member please leave a comment indicating that you are so we can appropriately account for you.  I will email everyone an acknowledgement that you are on the list.  If you haven't received an email within a day or two of RSVP'ing and payment, please email me.  Anyone who has RSVP'd but not paid or indicated they are a zoo member will be removed from the RSVP list.

2) Show up between 7:30am and 7:55am at the zoo and check in with me.  I'll be wearing a red "Photographer's do it manually" t-shirt and standing near the gates.  We will be entering the zoo at 8:00am.  Although I'm notorious for being fashionably late, please be at the gates by 8 as once we have entered I doubt we will be able to get you in.  While you do not have to bring the acknowledgement email - it wouldn't hurt to have a copy, just in case.

Please note that refunds will not be available after August 14th.  If you need a refund before then please contact me.


Big thanks to Rob Bixby for arranging for this opportunity.

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  • Elizabeth S.

    My first time in this Meetup, spend 6 hours taking photos. I lost the group, nex time I will try to make some friends. I had a blast in the Butterfly Hollow :) Thank you!!

    August 19, 2013

    • Rob B.

      With a group this large, it's usually easy to get separated. If people have issues with going some place like this with a photographer because he/she stops all the time, multiply that by 57.

      1 · August 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I look forward to joining another outing. I like the idea of people going out and about on their own then gathering back together for lunch to share experiences.

      1 · August 20, 2013

  • Rob B.

    Did anyone get the name of the young lady that led the second group? I'm going to send the Director of the zoo a letter thanking them all for this event. I know it was Dan Dembiec for the one group. I just missed getting her name.

    August 20, 2013

    • Larry C.

      Tearza or something like that

      1 · August 20, 2013

    • Larry C.

      Still trying to remember the movie that had a character with that name...

      August 20, 2013

  • Alan F.

    I enjoyed getting in early and getting a guided tour of several of the animals. I had a very good time exploring the zoo.

    August 19, 2013

  • Lelia C.

    Thanks for great opportunity to enter Zoo early and get some great behind the scenes shots!!! This was first event with this group for my two friends & I and certainly plan on more as looking forward to more.

    August 19, 2013

  • Rob B.

    Great turnout and unique opportunity to shoot behind the scenes.

    August 19, 2013

  • Elaine L.

    Thank's alot Rob and Frank.....it was great.

    August 18, 2013

  • Michael K.

    Hot, wet and sweaty but full of wonder and sites to see. Had a great time. Early admission was a bonus.

    August 18, 2013

  • Eduardo M.

    Great meetup! thank you Rob and Frank.

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun! Thanks!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Michelle T.

    BTW.... can I get a wake up call? LOL! 7:30am whew! Lets see if Frank and I actually make it there on time. LOL!!!!! :-)
    J/K Frank!!!!

    2 · August 17, 2013

    • Frank

      My wife if coming - I'll be there on time for once :-)

      3 · August 18, 2013

    • Aneesh H.

      Frank : I will be late by 10 mins

      August 18, 2013

  • Jake

    I'm here at the main entrance

    August 18, 2013

  • Rob B.

    Weather looks good all morning. Heading out shortly. Let's go shoot us some animals.

    August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had really bad weather yesterday and have a lot of flooded areas here from all the rain yesterday. I am going to back out this morning due driving conditions and the possibility of more rain as I have a ways to drive. I hope to be there next time if the weather permits. Ya'll have fun.

    August 18, 2013

    • Rob B.

      Sorry to hear the weather beat you guys up. I hope you're okay. More sorry you can't make it to the meetup.

      August 18, 2013

  • Gin

    It looks like 50% rain. any plans on what will happen if we get rain out?

    August 17, 2013

    • Gin

      What do you do to protect your camera from getting wet in the rain?

      August 17, 2013

    • Michael K.

      The umbrella is usually enough. My nikon has a weather sealed body. But the xl Ziploc bags work as well as the bags they sell at the camera stores.

      August 18, 2013

  • Michelle T.

    Looks like were gonna have a little reunion of long time group members and lots of new photog's too! this is going to be a great meetup! Thank you to Rob Bixby for all your hard work and thank you to Frank for setting up the meetup. Good job everyone!!! :-)

    August 17, 2013

  • James

    At 55 photographers is it really an advantage?

    1 · August 12, 2013

    • mindy s.

      Anytime you meet with other photographers you might learn something new. Although I have lots of wedding experience there are plenty of things I can learn, till the day I die I can always learn something new. ;0)

      August 17, 2013

    • Rob B.

      Talking to the lady that coordinated with me, they will probably split us into two groups because of the numbers. That will make things much more manageable.

      1 · August 17, 2013

  • Rob B.

    Wow, if everyone signed up, actually shows up, this is going to be a great time. I do have to really urge people to be on time for this one. Since the zoo will not be open, if you're not there when the group enters the grounds, you're not going to be able to get in, until the normal 9am opening time.
    Mindy asked if anyone was planning brunch after the event. Does anyone know of anywhere reasonably close to the zoo that would handle a bunch of people like that? We can take over one of the restaurants at the zoo if we decide to get together for food and photo sharing.
    This is going to be fun folks!

    August 15, 2013

    • Michael K.

      Or I believe you can BYO.

      1 · August 15, 2013

    • mindy s.

      All sounds fine with me but might be easier to keep some of the group together if we eat at the zoo. Would have to be air conditioned since we will most likely reach melting point by time we are ready to eat. lol Love the idea of RCBC but brunch buffet there is $25 which might be a bit steep for some.

      August 17, 2013

  • Rebecca H.

    Hi! I paid last night and got a receipt from PayPal. Should I be expecting another confirmation email?
    So excited !!

    August 14, 2013

    • Frank

      Hi Rebecca - I sent you an email last to the address you registered with Meetup. Don't worry if you can't find it, your on the list and good to go.

      August 15, 2013

  • Catherine L.

    Man I wish my sunday plans would have opened up before the deadline! Yall have fun :)

    August 15, 2013

    • Michael K.

      Hopefully we can be done before any rain.

      2 · August 15, 2013

  • mindy s.

    Is anyone planning to do brunch after?

    1 · August 13, 2013

    • Michael K.

      I'm sure many will finish up at.different times but there is always those willing to get food.

      August 14, 2013

    • Rob B.

      Food is always good!

      August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we going to get special viewings? Will someone from the zoo come out and give us an introduction at 7:45 am? Or do we just enter at 8 am and spread out on our own to take photos? I attended Larry's class but otherwise this is my first time joining the group to take photos so sorry if it is a stupid question.

    August 14, 2013

    • Rob B.

      It's not a stupid question at all. There is supposed to be some behind the scenes time. I'm not sure how extensive it will be.

      August 14, 2013

  • Eduardo M.

    I and my guest are Zoo members. Thank you

    August 13, 2013

  • Michael K.

    :-) RAWR!!!

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Kim H.

    I have a membership +1 :)

    August 12, 2013

  • Larry C.

    I am a member please ad me to the list Ty :)

    August 11, 2013

  • Jeannie C.

    I just want to clarify last sentence in bullet 1) If we indicate that we are a zoo member, we will be removed from the RSVP list. Therefor are you saying that Zoo Members have to still pay for early entrance?

    Just making sure because zoo members do NOT have privilege to get into the zoo early.

    1 · August 11, 2013

    • Jeannie C.

      Gotcha.

      August 11, 2013

    • Frank

      @Larry - a comment on here please

      August 11, 2013

  • Elizabeth Hartschlag B.

    and already paid

    August 11, 2013

  • Teresa R.

    I have a zoo membership that covers myself and guest

    August 11, 2013

  • Kim H.

    I am a member.

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just want to be sure I can still attend. I didn't hear about it till last night.

    August 10, 2013

    • Frank

      RSVP and payments are open through August 14th...just follow the instructions listed above and we will look forward to seeing you at the Zoo.

      August 11, 2013

  • Vladmir P.

    First time meeting up with ya'll. Very excited!!

    August 9, 2013

  • Melinda E.

    So excited for this opportunity!
    Will be my first time in a meet up group!
    Just starting out but have always had a love for Photography, hope to learn from the experts :)
    Thank you!

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Gin

    I'm sorry I made a mistake on the reservation. I'm bring one guest total of 2 that includes me. Is it to late to change? Thanks

    July 31, 2013

    • Frank

      No problem. I've adjusted your RSVP to reflect you and 1 guest.

      July 31, 2013

  • Roxie G.

    I am a zoo member. Looking forward to it.

    July 31, 2013

  • karen h.

    bryan and I are both members

    July 31, 2013

  • Elaine L.

    I may be bringing a friend....

    July 31, 2013

  • Rob B.

    I'm a member.

    July 31, 2013

  • Mike T.

    I have a zoo membership

    July 31, 2013

  • Susan

    I have zoo membership

    July 31, 2013

  • Dawna M.

    My hubby and I will be going and we're members.

    July 31, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for Early Entry to the Zoo

Refunds offered if:

  • you can cancel at least 4 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: Refunds will not be available after August 14th

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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