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Go on safari with wildlife vet/photographer at the Troy Public Library

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 7, 2019

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TROY — Have a hankering to see wild animals that roam Botswana, Namibia or the Falkland Islands, but not the money or time to travel there?

Trek to the Troy Public Library for a presentation on Africa and the Falkland Islands with Carl Palazzolo, an exotic animal veterinarian, 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 13.

Palazzolo currently works at the Long Beach Animal Hospital in Long Beach, California.

“He went to veterinarian school at Michigan State University, takes photos and travels all over the world,” said Maggie Forest, Troy’s adult reference librarian. “We heard he gave good presentations.”

Palazzolo’s primary interest in African photography is capturing images of the big cats hunting, which he describes on his website,, as “an intense experience to watch them when they are fixated on their prey — nothing will dissuade them from attacking it.”

“I became a veterinarian because I love science, medicine and animals, especially wildlife,” Palazzolo said via email. “I love nature and being in the outdoors and love to share what I know from all of this experience. Photography is a great way to share my knowledge through my presentations. This is especially true for people that cannot go on these trips for whatever reason.”

He said that what surprised him the most in his recent travels was “how professional and educated the African safari guides are, along with the amazing system of transportation that gets you there.”

During the library program, Palazzolo will share what it is like to go to these countries, the local people he’s met, the adventures people can have, and the wildlife they will see.

“In addition, I show some behind-the-scenes (photos of) my animal hospital on how we care for injured wildlife,” he said.

Palazzolo said that attendees of his programs are most surprised to learn that the animals he photographs are “beautiful, that they are endangered, and that there are a wide variety of different animals around the world that are exclusive to each area.”

“This 90-minute, fast-paced presentation is informative and educational, with a nice dose of human nature along with some humorous stories. I have given a version of this presentation many times, and most people want more when I am done.”

Register for the Troy Public Library program at or by calling (248) 524-3534.

The library is located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road.