Cover Photo: A photograph of a squirrel in Central Park eating an acorn, wary of the camera being pointed at it
Photograph by Lenora Todaro for Catapult

How Do You Count All the Squirrels in Central Park?

“If you’re worried and you can’t sleep / count your squirrels rather than sheep.”

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Lenora Todaro is an editor at Off Assignment. She writes about books, travel, wildlife, soccer, and politics. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic, Salon, Bookforum, the Village Voice, and elsewhere.  A native New Yorker, she has always been drawn to wildlife from roaches to rhinos. She is a docent at the Prospect Park Zoo.  You can find her on Twitter and Instagram