In April of 2007 we visited Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Florida. The mission of Big Cat Rescue is to provide a permanent retirement home for wild cats that are no longer wanted but are too habituated to humans for release into the wild. The residents include tigers, mountain lions, bobcats, lynx, etc., and my favorite the caracal (see the first photo). The habitats are relatively spacious, and the care of the animals is very humane.

Unfortunately I was not allowed within three feet of the fences, and so was unable to place my lens at openings in the fences containing the cats. This meant I had very limited opportunities for photography. The four photographs in this section represent the best I was able to achieve.

That said, these photographs whetted my appetitie for photographing animals, and has started a new area of interest for my photography.

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