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).