Monday, January 19, 2015

Cheetahs Up Close!

I love all cats, big and small but cheetahs are especially fascinating. For one thing, they are the fastest land animals and can reach a top speed of 70 MPH in just 3 seconds. From the experiences this photographer had in the Serengeti, they are also as curious and playful as many house cats!

Sadly, cheetahs have disappeared from more than 75% of their natural range. Learn more about the declining numbers of all the big cats and how humans can help here:
Check out the incredible pictures of a variety of beautiful, wild animals. Watching National Geographic footage is far more educational than gawking at captive animals in zoos. You get a sense of the vast amount of space these animals inhabit and realize that zoos can never provide anything close to a natural environment, even with "enrichment." Yes, nature films can be difficult to watch since big cats are carnivores but I feel far sadder knowing these animals are pacing in their enclosures for the rest of their lives in every city zoo around the world. We can't all go on safaris to see wild animals being wild but we all have Internet access and can choose not support Woodland Park Zoo.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Recycle to Help Animals

The new year is a great time to clean out your closets and unload all the things you've collected (or been gifted) that no longer fit you or your lifestyle. Donating to a thrift store that helps animals is a win-win for everyone. Bella's Voice in Lynnwood accepts clothing, books, toys, household items, even furniture and then donates profits to several animal charities around Puget Sound. They are open every day and located next to the Feral Cat Spay & Neuter Project which is one of the charities they support. Prices are quite low and they even have sales on color tags so you may also enjoy shopping there!