It doesn't take much encouragement to talk me into spending extra time at The Wilds. After our OOS outing on Saturday, several of us spent the night and lucked into a very special tour on Sunday morning.
A tour that had me seeing SPOTS....
on the Cheetahs at the Wilds! Rather exciting to be within yards of these lean, not so mean, carnivores. These boys are built for speed and unlike most cats do their hunting mid-day. Hence the black eye-stripes a la pro-football players, possibly having evolved to reduce the sun's glare.
The Wilds' carnivore guy is Juston (on the right), he has a million stories to tell of these cats and it is easy to see how much he respects and enjoys the animals- and his job.
"Bolt" and "Cecelia" are Steve's siblings awaiting his recovery in the large grassy compound. Note the cat walks high above the fenced in area, where tourist can enjoy unhindered views of the mid-sized cats at rest and play. I am looking forward to returning to the Wilds in the summer, where I can watch the animals at length and hope to get a gander at the new cubs that were born on Halloween! Go here for the news story.