More Big Cats…

Some more photography of some big cats.

I went for a wander round where I volunteer on a free day and this is always good for me; it’s quiet and I get to see all the cats and spend a little time reflecting, thinking (especially as its nearly a year since my friend and I went round here together – good times πŸ™‚ ) and of course some photography! πŸ˜€

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This is Manzi – he’s one of 3 brothers and probably the most regal looking of them; he reminds me of Mufasa from the Lion King.

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Reminder – Wildlife Heritage Foundation Open Days…

Thought I would just remind everyone about the open days at Wildlife Heritage Foundation where I volunteer.

Open days are on the – 16, 17, 18 & 19 of July. The tickets are selling like hotcakes and are limited, so if you would like to go then you will have to get them pretty quickly. πŸ˜€

Here’s a link to the web page to buy tickets: Open Days 2015

And here’s the poster advertising the days.

Image via Wildlife Heritage Foundation website.

 

Unfortunately this year I will not be there helping out because of something that happened in November last year (Nothing to do with WHF, just something personal that I think is the right thing to do for someone.), but I hope everyone who goes has a great time and enjoys the beautiful cats and all the attractions. Continue reading

Big Cat Photo’s by Phone…

I thought I would post some photo’s of the cats where I volunteer for Wildlife Heritage Foundation. But these photo’s are taken with my phone. πŸ™‚

Although I prefer my DSLR you can’t really take it round with you when your working on your volunteer day. πŸ˜€ Every now and then you get the opportunity to grab a shot of these stunning animals though. πŸ™‚

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This is Themba, he is now a proud dad with six cubs – well their not really cubs anymore but are adolescents and still getting up to mischief! πŸ˜€ Continue reading

Wildlife Heritage Foundation open days…

Being a volunteer for Wildlife Heritage Foundation I would just like to let everybody know that their Open Days this year (2015 – starting on Thursday – ending Sunday, gates open at 11 in the morning), will be on the 16, 17, 18 and 19 of July.

I will put a link to the site a the end of the blog! πŸ™‚

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A Day Out…

Just over a week ago I had a day out round Wildlife Heritage Foundation where I volunteer with a friend. (and it was my birthday too πŸ™‚

It was really nice just to be able to go round and see all the cats and actually see the whole site. I managed to get some pretty good shots of some of the cats as well, even though it was a pretty hot day. As you can guess some of them just didn’t want to play in the African like weather and being cats the humans just had to wait. πŸ˜€

Here are some of the pics I took….

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Serval – Samia I think, she is quite playful and behind her is her daughter.

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Up top is Mandalay a clouded leopard, (Probably my favorite shot of the whole day) and down the bottom is one of three new cheetahs; I will amend when I know for sure which one it is. πŸ˜€ Continue reading

Wildlife Heritage Foundation (Whf)

Having volunteered at Whf for a while, I thought I’d write a little piece on some of the cats there.

I have been a volunteer for about a year and a half, it has been a privilege to be part of such a great place and to care for these beautiful animals is so satisfying.

All in all they have over 50 cats; large and small. Some are highly endangered and very vulnerable to extinction, especially the Amur Leopards; there are only about between 30 – 50 individuals left in the wild. (these are only approximations, as it is very difficult to find these beautiful cats.)
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This is Zeya an Amur Leopard on one of her platforms πŸ™‚

The zoo is part of the Endangered Species Breeding Program so that beautiful animals like Zeya are still around for hopefully years to come. Not only are we responsible for animals like this but also the one’s which people seem to think are not endangered like the lions! ( there are only between 35,000 – 40,000 left in the wild) 😦

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Tawny lion brothers. (at the back is Kafara and to the front is Tiny pretending to be asleep πŸ™‚ )

Whf does not open to the public full-time, in fact it only usually has 4 open days per year; this year its open days are on the 17, 18 19 and 20th of July (find out more on how to get tickets here: http://www.whf.org.uk ) Continue reading