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12-28-2016, 05:27 AM   #4891
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
An aviary bird.
as opposed to an Angry Bird? those turned down "Lips" seem to send a message "I am not happy in this small enclosure, I want to fly for miles"

Bateleur - Terathopius ecaudatus

Bateleurs are striking, medium-sized eagles with impressive flying displays. They live across regions of sub-Saharan Africa and as far north as the Arabian Peninsula, occupying open woodland and savanna. ( i found this mature one at the Kansas City Zoo. [we did find an immature one in Tanzania])

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Another bird in the same aviary. This one is an aracari/toucanet
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Buffalo- A lone bull from Addo
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QuoteOriginally posted by noelcmn Quote
Buffalo- A lone bull from Addo
The lighting really brings out the muscularity of that bull.

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although outnumbered the sole jackal walks into the horde of vultures, (all but 2 out of frame) and selects his portion of the kill

it was the mother cheetah and her cub, then numerous vultures and then the sole jackal

found in the Serengeti National Park Tanzania

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Happy new year

Happy New Year, now I need a rest

Although admittedly this photo was not taken on January 1, 2017, I thought it might well capture how some are feeling after welcoming the New Year last night

The Sumatran tiger found at the Topeka Zoological Park looks like it needs a long nap

May you and yours have a safe and happy 2017

Please keep the photographs coming to the forums (Your homes are too far away for me to come see the slide shows even if I wanted to )

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Another captive tiger, this one in Dallas. The big cats are able to maintain a wilder, fitter look in captivity than almost any of the herbivores.
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One of the tigers in our local zoo. They increased the tiger area to four times the original size and now it is one the largest in the nation. However it is still too small. Take when testing the 60-250 out, 153mm f4.5.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Scorpio71GR Quote
One of the tigers in our local zoo. They increased the tiger area to four times the original size and now it is one the largest in the nation. However it is still too small. Take when testing the 60-250 out, 153mm f4.5.


The Topeka Zoological Park currently has 5 Sumatran Tigers, the father, mother and 3 females born in May 2014 Current plans are to send the young females away to join captive breeding programs. Not sure when or what they are getting in return: straight up trade or player to be named later or cash or a combination of those options. Cold be African Wild dogs as that future exhibit is under construction

( the zoo also has other predators: otters, lions, bears, cougars, opossum and coyote)

Tiger enclosure has 2 separate enclosures which can be physically opened to each other, huge glass windows, small pond, multilevel climbing opportunities, larger logs some greenery and caged walls. None of tigers were born wild so don't know cramped they feel. This one is resting on one of the elevated levels
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Happy New year to you all, hope it will be a good one!
Our tigers are lot more active and with a distinct naughty streak.
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I enjoy seeing and photographing animals in zoos, the vast majority of which I would never see alive except for zoos. Yet I am sad to see a wild animal caged, especially the big carnivores. Sad reality is, it's only a matter of time before the zoo specimens are all that are left.
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Yes many folks only get to see these magnificent animals in our local zoos. In fact, often in the wild, the native terrain would make it quite difficult to observe the animals in true nature.

Already, due to man''s actions, intentional and unintentional , many species exist in greater numbers in zoos than in the wild.

I have really enjoyed the orangutans at the Topeka Zoological Park.

Here is another one my attempts to photograph the young male and either his mother or aunt
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These smaller primates seem to think things are looking up.
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