This is an extensive collection. It is a compilation of three visits to the Zoo. I've never liked seeing animals caged or restricted. Like most folks, I've become aware of the plight of animals trying to survive in the wild in today's world of poaching, trophy hunters, and habitat encroachment.
As a result, we are members and supporters of the Oakland Zoo. The Zoos in this country, at least, are dedicated to preserving the most endangered of the earth's species. Their work in this regard is fascinating and so necessary if we are to help these marvelous creatures continue.
The images made of the city, the airport, or the harbor were created from the Gondola ride or the restaurant's patio on the new California Trails section of the Zoo.
If you come away from this shoot thinking that I spent an excessive amount of time with the Lions, well, you're right. WOW! I got there early for the second visit, and they were up and about, playing with each other. OMG, the noise they make when wrestling and the speed they can attain in short distances was terrific. These three lions are brothers, and that's probably a good thing. Man, they beat the pants off each other. I was shaking from the sound of the roaring. PHEW!