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Ezra 7:10

“Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the LORD, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.”

I Got The Eye Of A Tiger...

I Got The Eye Of A Tiger...

     March 3rd is World Wildlife Day.  This year the theme is "Big Cats: Predators Under Threat."  The term "Big Cat" actually only refers to the subspecies Panthera (Tiger, Leopard, Jaguar, Snow Leopard, and Lion), but the theme has expanded the term to include other species such as the Puma, Lynx, Bobcat, and Cheetah (along with others).

     One of my favorite animals is the big cat.  I grew up wanting to have a pet Cheetah.  I was amazed at their speed, and how they could use their tail as a rudder to help them turn.  I liked how they had non-retractable claws so that they would always be ready to run.  I know now, that keeping them as pets is not what should be done, but my passion for them hasn't changed.

     Every time we go to a zoo, I make sure to spend ample time photographing the big cats.  When we go to Arizona over spring break, we are even planning a trip to "Out Of Africa Wildlife Park" so I can try to get some quality images.  As I've written about before, my all time favorite trip would be to Africa to be able to capture some images of "Big Cats" in their natural habitat.  Maybe someday it will happen.  Until then, here are some of my favorite images from zoos and wildlife parks.

The Tiger is the largest Asian "Big Cat," and the only one with stripes. It is also one of only "Big Cats" that is a keen swimmer, and seems to like water. It is, however, endangered and needs our protection!  (Omaha Zoo)

The Tiger is the largest Asian "Big Cat," and the only one with stripes. It is also one of only "Big Cats" that is a keen swimmer, and seems to like water. It is, however, endangered and needs our protection!

(Omaha Zoo)

The African Lion is the second largest "Big Cat." They are typically found in grasslands and savannas, and seem to only be successful within the bounds of protected areas. It is the only cat in which the male and female have drastically different appearances, the males having manes. They are also the most social of the "Big Cats."  (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

The African Lion is the second largest "Big Cat." They are typically found in grasslands and savannas, and seem to only be successful within the bounds of protected areas. It is the only cat in which the male and female have drastically different appearances, the males having manes. They are also the most social of the "Big Cats."

(Disney's Animal Kingdom)

The Amur Leopard is a critically endangered "Big Cat" that lives in the forests and jungles of far east Asia. There are believed to be around 60 individuals left in the wild!  (Omaha Zoo)

The Amur Leopard is a critically endangered "Big Cat" that lives in the forests and jungles of far east Asia. There are believed to be around 60 individuals left in the wild!

(Omaha Zoo)

The Snow Leopard lives in the mountains of Central and South Asia. It is currently listed as Vulnerable and could use our help. They have a very long tail, to aid in balance, and to curl around themselves to keep warm in the frigid mountains.  (Omaha Zoo)

The Snow Leopard lives in the mountains of Central and South Asia. It is currently listed as Vulnerable and could use our help. They have a very long tail, to aid in balance, and to curl around themselves to keep warm in the frigid mountains.

(Omaha Zoo)

The Cheetah is my favorite "Big Cat." This was from the Kansas City Zoo, which has a great Cheetah enclosure. The Cheetah is the fastest land mammal in the world. It is currently listed as vulnerable and I hope they stay around long enough for me to convince Sandy to let me go photograph them!  (Kansas City Zoo)

The Cheetah is my favorite "Big Cat." This was from the Kansas City Zoo, which has a great Cheetah enclosure. The Cheetah is the fastest land mammal in the world. It is currently listed as vulnerable and I hope they stay around long enough for me to convince Sandy to let me go photograph them!

(Kansas City Zoo)

Though not technically a "Big Cat," the Cougar is the closest thing that the United States has. It is also a world record holder! There are over 40 different names (in English) that this cat is called...  Puma, Cougar, Mountain Lion, Panther, Catamount, Mountain Screamer, Ghost Cat, and many more.  (Omaha Zoo)

Though not technically a "Big Cat," the Cougar is the closest thing that the United States has. It is also a world record holder! There are over 40 different names (in English) that this cat is called...

Puma, Cougar, Mountain Lion, Panther, Catamount, Mountain Screamer, Ghost Cat, and many more.

(Omaha Zoo)

The Bobcat isn't technically a "Big Cat," but is included for the purposes of bringing recognition to animals that need protection on this World Wildlife Day. It is also the only "Big Cat" that I have seen in the wild and been able to capture an image of. I was so excited that my camera settings were still set for flying birds (fast shutter and high ISO) and the image was very shaky. I wish I would have thought to get the correct setting to get a good image, but I'm happy with what I got!  (Prairie Center Kansas)

The Bobcat isn't technically a "Big Cat," but is included for the purposes of bringing recognition to animals that need protection on this World Wildlife Day. It is also the only "Big Cat" that I have seen in the wild and been able to capture an image of. I was so excited that my camera settings were still set for flying birds (fast shutter and high ISO) and the image was very shaky. I wish I would have thought to get the correct setting to get a good image, but I'm happy with what I got!

(Prairie Center Kansas)

Song:  Roar by Katy Perry

Don't Just Stand There, Let's Get To It...

Don't Just Stand There, Let's Get To It...

So Can I Have This Dance?

So Can I Have This Dance?