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Photo Finish: Eric Tischler

Eric Tischler’s day job is a hefty one.

“My main goal as a medical physicist at the Cleveland Clinic is to ensure the safe and effective delivery of radiation therapy to cancer patients. By applying my knowledge of physics to medicine, I solve problems and help patients get customized, accurate treatment.”

So on his weekends or evenings off, this Zoo member and resident of Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood heads to find some quiet.

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A frequent photographer of nature, wildlife and animals, Tischler visits the Cleveland Metroparks and the Zoo often, from Rocky River Reservation to the trek up to the Zoo’s Primate, Cats & Aquatics building.

“I come to the Zoo often in summer when the hours are longer,” he says. But winter is also worth a visit, Tischler says: “Sometimes in cold months, it’s like walking around your own private zoo.”

He tries to find a different animal or area of the zoo to photograph each visit, but admits that meerkats are definitely a favorite. “You can always get close up even without a big lens, and they are always doing something funny.”

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