Friday, 27 May 2011

The Big Cats........................................... close up

To stand within a few feet of  Lions, Tigers, Jaguars and Cheetahs and feel relaxed in their company can only happen at a zoo.  Chester Zoos Jaguars are housed in a lovely building with plenty of outside access which has been entirely sponsored by the Jaguar Car Company at a cost of around £2 million.

The entrance to the Jaguar house.
The outside space for the Jaguars has been well thought out.
Jaguar...a beautiful beast.
The Asiatic Lions were just about to be fed.....
.....and were very restless.

A video clip (sorry hand held with a Dslr so it;s a bit shaky).

Sumatran Tiger...
It is the smallest of the tiger species.
There are less than 500 wild tigers left in the forests of Sumatra.

It may be the smallest tiger on the planet but as I was just a few feet away I was very grateful of the wire fence........ small they are not.
A remote camera in the tiger hide captured images of the viewing.public.
It was a demonstration of how they set camera traps in the wild.
This surprised specimen is me.

The fastest land animal on the planet.

Chester Zoos big cats are beautiful animals to see.
Big spacious enclosures and so accessible to the public.
The Lions ,Tigers, Jaguars and Cheetahs of Chester Zoo are in very capable hands.


Nancy said...

Beautiful animals. Your photos did them justice. :)

Gary said...

Another great post Andrew. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

texwisgirl said...

they look well-tended to. i wonder if all the human noise and faces stress them out (and the loudspeaker too).

texwisgirl said...

oh, and i especially loved the camera trap moment! said...

Nice shots! I love the regal pose of the Sumatran tiger!