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Maybelline has nothing on these eyelashes! No, this is not a post on cosmetics! What woman would not kill to have eyelashes like these, figuratively speaking of course! I wanted to share shots with you today of this lovely big gal’s eyelashes!

Lovely lashes!

Lovely lashes!

She is looking at me!

She is looking at me!

Pretty profile

Pretty profile

Feeling a bit sleepy

Feeling a bit sleepy

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Sending love your way!

Sending love your way!

Happy holidays!

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When we visited Ark 2000, we made a stop at two of the enclosures that house the Lions. We were able to see one lioness and two sleeping males. They only have a few of these magnificent creatures and I was happy to get the shots that I did. It was difficult to get great shots due to the sun reflecting off the fencing (which you will really see when I feature the bears!), however, I was able to get these to share with you today!

Close up with a male

Close up with a male

There are two male lions at Ark 2000. These are Bambek and Simba. These lions are from Bolivia and arrived at Ark 2000 last May. These lions, before coming here to Ark 2000, had been living in metal boxes for most of their lives, and when they arrived at this location it was the first time that they ever had grass under their feet, could give themselves a good scratch against a tree, and enjoy the pleasure of rolling around in the dirt!

One of the lions wakes up

One of the lions wakes up

They love to sleep…This is how we found Bambek and Simba when we got there!

Two sleeping lions

Two sleeping lions

To view their release in to Ark 2000, click HERE!

Meet Sheba. She was born in 1993 at a breeding facility and sold to a man in Detroit, Michigan, where she and her brother lived in his house. He became difficult to handle and was euthanized. Sheba was finally surrendered to the Michigan Humane Society, who contacted the PAWS to see if they could take her…She is a beauty and very playful too!

A lioness playing with a pumpkin

A lioness playing with a pumpkin

She really got into the pumpkins when we were there and she touched our hearts just watching her!

Getting into pumpkin play time

Getting into pumpkin play time

Like the tiger you saw yesterday, something distracts her and catches her attention!

Distracted from play

Distracted from play

Animals like these are not meant to be house pets living in our homes. They are not meant to live in cages. It is a sad commentary on humans that we do this to magnificent creatures such as these featured. This is one of the reasons we need to support groups like PAWS, who have opened their hearts and have found a way to rescue these creatures. Please check out their webpage and donate if you can!

Thank you for stopping by today, and stay tuned for the Bears! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Today I decided I would share with you some photos of the tigers over at Ark 2000! There are 24 tigers who make there home here at Ark 2000. These tigers have either retired from a circus, or a zoo, or they have been rescued…as this tiger was. She was found at a home and the conditions were deplorable. She now shares an enclosure with four other female tigers in an area of about 5 acres. We were lucky that she was here for us to see. The others were off somewhere in that acreage so we could not see them at all…Forgive me for not catching her name…

Each of the tigers have their own special diets but the one thing that they share in common is a love for pumpkins! Actually all of the animals here at Ark 2000 love pumpkins!

Something to play with!

Something to play with!

In the photo above, this gal was rolling the pumpkin around. As she played with this pumpkin, I was reminded of my own domestic kitties at home who play the same way at home. The only difference: Their size!

Rolling the pumpkin

Rolling the pumpkin

There were lots of distractions for her, and someone caught her attention!

What is that over there?

What is that over there?

When she got tired of playing she stretched out and started to give herself a bath.

Cleaning up after playing

Cleaning up after playing

Then it was time for a nap!

Going down for a nap

Going down for a nap

There was a genuine feeling of loving care for the animals here at Ark 2000. I highly recommend the visit. The cost is $50 per adult with the money going to the upkeep of the animals.

Your donations to this organization helps with the upkeep of the facility, pays for veterinary care, and feeds the animals. If you would like to check out their “wish list” just click HERE! You can also help them out by becoming an adoptive parent of one of the 100 animals they have here. Let me mention, that they do not send you the animal! Being an adoptive parent is symbolic only. To see how you can become a “parent” click on ADOPT!

I hope that you enjoyed this brief visit with this lovely tiger today! Stay tuned as there are still lions, bears and elephants to see! Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific Tuesday!

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We had an adventure over the weekend here in the Sierra Foothills! We made a visit to Ark 2000, located in San Andreas, California, which is about 45 miles south of us here. There is an amazing organization found there whose name is P.A.W.S. This stands for Performing Animals Welfare Society. Their mission “is dedicated to the protection of performing animals, to providing sanctuary to abused, abandoned and retired captive wildlife, to enforcing the best standards of care for all captive wildlife, to the preservation of wild species and their habitat and to promoting public education about captive wildlife issues.”

Just to tease you, I am going to share only a couple of photos that I took this weekend. I will feature each of these animals in later posts over the upcoming week…Ready?

An Elephant

An Elephant

A Lioness

A Lioness

A Tiger

A Tiger

A Bear

A Bear

If you would like to check out this organization for a future visit, just click HERE! If you would like to support this group and the good that they do, click on Donate!

Be sure to check back to see more of these lovely critters! And, thank you for stopping by today! Have a great week!

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