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Bergeron's Exotic Animal Sanctuary is OPEN for another year! (Single RAW capture HDR)
Image by Robert Scott Photography
Jenn and I took a drive out to Bergeron's Exotic Animal Sanctuary today on a whim after I received a message on Facebook this morning saying it was open for the year.

This is one of many Cougars at the Sanctuary, basking in the sunlight right next to the fence. Quite literally 4 feet away from us and our cameras! Bergeron's is a unique opportunity to be much closer to the animals than Zoos allow.

I completely encourage anyone in the area, or even not from the area to head out to Bergeron's and have a look around, the animals are amazing and beautiful, and the Sanctuary could always use the paid admissions to keep it running. for an adult to enter, much less than you'd pay to go to the Zoo!

All of the Bergeron's photos I post up today and over the next couple of days are dedicated to Joe Bergeron who passed away this holiday season. It was his and his wife's vision that created the sanctuary. He will be truly missed.

From Wikipedia:
The Cougar (Puma concolor) is a mammal of the Felidae family, native to the Americas. This large, solitary cat has the greatest range of any wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere, extending from Yukon in Canada to the southern Andes of South America. An adaptable, generalist species, the cougar is found in every major American habitat type. It is the second heaviest cat in the American continents after the jaguar, and the fourth heaviest in the world, along with the leopard, after the tiger, lion, and jaguar, although it is most closely related to smaller felines.

A capable stalk-and-ambush predator, the cougar pursues a wide variety of prey. Primary food sources include ungulates such as deer, elk, and bighorn sheep, as well as domestic cattle, horses, and sheep, particularly in the northern part of its range, but it also hunts species as small as insects and rodents. Moreover, it prefers habitats with dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but it can live in open areas. The cougar is territorial and persists at low population densities. Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, and abundance of prey. While it is a large predator, it is not always the dominant species in its range, as when it competes for prey with other predators such as the jaguar, Gray Wolf, American Black Bear, and the Grizzly Bear. It is a reclusive cat and usually avoids people. Attacks on humans remain rare, despite a recent increase in frequency.

Aquí hay gato encerrado... (Centro Veterinario Animal)
Image by Joz3.69
VQ1015 Entry - Septiembre 2010

Animals can suffer and feel pain. They need greater protection worldwide. We are seeking this in the form of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) at the United Nations.
- www.animalsmatter.org/en/supporter/newVQ1015 Entry - Septiembre 2010

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