It's really hard to come up with a list of what I consider to be my best photos from the previous year. To start with, some of my favorites photos are perhaps not strictly the "best," and some of the best photos may not really move me much. To narrow it down, at least partially, I've decided to pick out ten photos from the past year that I particularly like, that I think are particularly well-composed, and that feature various critters as the main subject, not including members of the genus Homo.
Here they are, in chronological order of when they were taken.
Domestic dog, Canis familiaris (Huskie). Sherman Oaks, CA.
Bonobo (Pan paniscus). San Diego Zoo.
Allen's swamp monkeys. San Diego Zoo.
Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) / UCLA Botanical Garden
Squirrel / UCLA Botanical Gardens
Seals on "Childrens' Beach", San Diego
Golden-bellied mangabey (Cercocebus chrysogaster). San Diego Zoo.
Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). San Diego Zoo.
Southwest African Meerkat (Suricata suricatta hahni). San Diego Zoo.
Domestic dog, canis familiaris (Border terrier). Los Angeles, CA.
As always, you can find all of my photos on Google+ (they are publicly visible, which means you can see them even if you do not have a Google+ account).
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Jason G. Goldman is a science journalist based in Los Angeles. He has written about animal behavior, wildlife biology, conservation, and ecology for Scientific American, Los Angeles magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, the BBC, Conservation magazine, and elsewhere. He contributes to Scientific American's "60-Second Science" podcast, and is co-editor of Science Blogging: The Essential Guide (Yale University Press). He enjoys sharing his wildlife knowledge on television and on the radio, and often speaks to the public about wildlife and science communication.