Animals

The Cat Haven Path

For something fun and different, my husband and I visited the Project Survival’s Cat Haven in Dunlap, California. This sanctuary for endangered wild cats is found in the foothills right before the entrance to Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks off the Hwy 180 entrance, near Fresno.

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Watch out for Big Foot!

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Jet

Immediately we were greeted with a sign and a bit of humor. BIGFOOT! Ha! Ha!

About the cats…

Jet was the newest addition to this haven for cats. He is a young leopard. I asked, “What about his spots?” The docent leading our tour replied, “He has spots.” I looked again and sure enough they were there. Faded blacks spots sprinkled his jet black coat.

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Snow Leopard

This beautiful snow leopard doesn’t necessarily need to live in snow. Each animal has a built-in insulator that adapts to fluctuating temperatures. So, even despite the warm California foothills weather, they fit right in!

These two stunning jaguars are TWIN BROTHERS! When they saw our docent, they rushed to the edge of the cage to greet her! She explained that someone else had raised them, but they know her too. She is like the aunt that comes to visit every once in awhile and that is why they get so excited. Jaguars were once native to California.

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Twin Jaguars

 

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Diana

 

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Kong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The white tiger, Diana, and the Bengal Tiger, Kong, are housed in separate compartments, and are intermittently let loose into a grassy area that houses a swimming pond. Tigers love to swim! And, they can swim great distances, too. In the wild, they are known to swim from island to island. Kong is a senior now and doesn’t swim very much. He spends most of his time sleeping.

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Mountain Lion

 

 

 

Among many other cats that we saw were: a mountain lion, an Eurasian Lynx,  and of course, the King of the Beast!  For more information about Project Survival’s Cat Haven, visit their website at: https://cathaven.com.

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Eurasian Lynx

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King of the Beast!

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The Dragonfly

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This dragonfly picture was taken by my 12-year-old nephew from the front of his house.

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The Rhino

More pictures from the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. This time…their new rhinos!

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In the Path of an Elephant

DSC_0158Last week, my husband and I drove over to new African Adventure exhibit at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo where this friendly elephant beckoned me to take her picture.

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What a joy it was to snap photos of this playful packyderm as she delighted us with her trunk antics!

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These photos were taken at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo in Fresno, California. This elephant was recently transferred to this zoo from Riddle’s Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary in Arkansas.

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Proverbs 28:1

Female African Lion. Picture taken at African Adventure, Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Female African Lion.
Picture taken at African Adventure, Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

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Psalm 86:12

I just returned from Avila Beach, located on the central coast of California. Avila was simply teeming with wildlife! I took pictures of different species of birds, along with several water mammals. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be featuring these pictures as well as some from a guided hike my husband and I took to a lighthouse.

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Psalm 11:1

Roadrunner taking a rest at Death Valley National Park.

Roadrunner taking a rest at Death Valley National Park.

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Psalm 144:15

Found this guy wandering near the road in Sequoia National Park. No momma in sight. Notice the tag in his ear that says, "83". Perhaps he was an orphan.

Found this guy wandering near the road in Sequoia National Park. No momma in sight. Notice the tag in his ear that says, “83”. Perhaps he was an orphan.

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Day 6: Cattle, Beasts & Man

Cattle resting on top of a hill in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Cattle resting on top of a hill in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

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Day 5: Sea Life & Fowl

Schools of fish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Schools of fish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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