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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Feline Conservation Center

Near my parents campsite was a Feline Conservation Center, we were not really sure what to expect but we decided to be adventurous and take a look.

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HE WAS PACING HIS CAGE BACK AND FORTH

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THE PUMA LICKING HIS LIPS READY FOR LUNCH

They had quite a large variety of cats which was really cool to see. Never before have I been able to see this many great cats in one place. All the animals looked really healthy.

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THE PALLAS CAT

The best thing about this center is that the animals are so close. There is literally only a few feet between you and the animal. Without trenches and extra fencing young children are not allowed, although it made it slightly more dangerous without all the extra security it was awesome to know I was within arms reach of a Leopard.

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THE NORTHERN CHINEASE LEOPARD LOUNGING IN A NAP

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THE PERSIAN LEOPARD

The cages also caused quite a bit of trouble trying to get photos. The tight wiring made it nearly impossible to get clear shots.

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THE JAGUAR

The wiring didn’t stop my parents and I from taking photos, it only effected the images. Generally at zoos my goal is to get rid of the wires, here it was impossible so we had to try and make do with what we could.

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DAD AND HIS CAMERA TAKE A PICTURE OF ME TAKING A PICTURE OF HIM

With it being morning, a school day, and St. Patrick’s day we were the only people there. To not have to fight with the crowds was wonderful, we could really take our time and not feel rushed to move on.

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THE CANADA LYNX

We happened to pass some cages that were getting cleaned. The volunteers were really helpful explaining the habits of the cats as they worked. It was really great to get our questions answered by someone who worked there.

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THE CARACAL

Sadly I thought that all of their cages were way too small. The larger cats like this Amur Leopard especially need much larger pens not the pens they were in which was smaller than a two car garage. It was sad to see such majestic animals in such tiny spaces.

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THE AMUR LEPORD STARING THROUGH THE BARS OF HIS CAGE

On our way out we spotted the Serval curled up taking a bath in a small cardboard box. It was so funny to see it, totally something Seurat (my kitty) would do!

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THIS SERVAL REMINDED ME OF MY MUCH SMALLER CAT AT HOME

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