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.
Song: Roar by Katy Perry