Saturday, February 26, 2011


02.26.11, originally uploaded by colemama.

Surprise! Most visits to the Naples Zoo bring only fuzzy photos of striped beasts laying in a corner trying to get some shade in the 'tiger forest'...and though that was their 'stance' earlier in the morning, something got this one up and moving! This huge cat came very close and paced the length of its cage before stopping midway, obviously smelling some scent. A magnificent creature with beautiful coloring...but not a feline I'd be interested in meeting face-to-face.

The Naples Zoo, originally a botanical garden, is very small by most standards, but it fits nicely in the heart of town with a history dating back to the early 1900s. I always enjoy the chance to watch animal behavior and the zoo is certainly a fascinating observatory...but I often have mixed feelings upon seeing them 'in captivity'. In the end, I lean toward their mission of "delighting guests with the natural world to inspire the conservation of our planet's remaining wild areas and their wondrous inhabitants." Naples Zoo, Naples, FL


  1. Very handsome looking fellow. I love his stripes.

  2. Just once I'd like to cuddle with a big cat - in that future "lion lay down with the lamb" time. Great catch. I know what you mean about them sleeping in the corner! It's rare that they are up and about.

  3. Beautiful designs on his fur. I think I'll cuddle with my SMALLER tiger (cat) instead, though!

  4. Great capture. I hope he some room to roam and not just pace.