Wild Eyes~

When you look into these wild eyes,

what do you see?

I see,

wild hearts,


yearning to be free.

These mountain lions were photographed at The Big Bear Alpine Zoo in Big Bear Lake California.

Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a rescue and rehabilitation facility that provides injured, orphaned and imprinted wild animals a safe haven, either temporarily as they heal, or permanently if they are unable to survive in the wild. 90% of the animals brought to the facility are released back into the wild.

There are 160 animals in the facility currently, comprising 60 different species. There is a golden eagle with one eye, a bear with three legs, a grizzly that was scheduled for euthanasia at Yellowstone, animals that were kept as pets and abandoned when they become too much to handle, and many more animals with sad histories.

A new zoo is under construction that will offer more spacious accommodation with glass enclosures. The zoo is owned by The Big Bear Department of Parks and Recreation and is staffed by county employees (Source: Big Bear Alpine Zoo).

Cheers to you from the gorgeous cats at The Big Bear Alpine Zoo~

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275 thoughts on “Wild Eyes~

  1. I don’t know what it is about your photography that has something mesmerizing about it. Obviously, I’m not the only one who thinks that. Cheers and very happy belated New Year, Cindy! xx

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  3. Great shots Cindy! Cougars are the only animal I haven’t seen and photographed. Vancouver island has the greatest population of Cougars on this earth and I have never ran across a single one.
    Why do they keep this one in there anyways?

  4. This seems to be more like an animal hospital than a zoo. They say that 90% of all the animals brought to them for rehabilitation are successfully released back into their native environment. That is good to hear.

    Excellent pictures, as usual, Cindy.

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