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“The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.” Jim Fowler

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… sleeping polar bear

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… Gorilla watching

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… baby squirrel monkey

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… squirrel monkeys at play

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… gorilla eating

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… Yeah, he's the famous Cobra's 3rd cousin

I have always been fascinated by animals and how they live in their own habitat… I love the photos and adventures inNational Geographic as it has always been one of my favorite websites/TV shows. So, when saw the prompt for our Photo Challenge on Wildlife, I was thrilled. I had a lot of fun culling photos for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge on Wildlife and the bigger challenge was deciding what to leave out. I had a series of highly entertaining shots from the Gorilla quarters and would probably do a post sometime on their shots alone. I enjoyed watching the Nyalas and the Mountain goats, the lions and the zebras and all the other animals in between…

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” Abraham Lincoln

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting…Papa lion

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… giraffe and peacock friend

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… Zebras grazing

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… elephant in his gated kingdom

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… zebra chewing

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… Grizzlybear glaring

The lions were lazily enjoying the warm sun, and the elegant giraffe and zebras posed as if I were a paparazzi gathering shots for a lifestyle magazine. In case you are wondering, I took a trip to the Bronx Zoo in New York and spent time visiting the wildlife; they were equally curious about the human eyes staring at them. Somehow, we were all waiting for each other to make the next move… Staring and waiting, gazing and wondering. What were your experiences with your wildlife moments and shots? Enjoy the selection. 🙂

“Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.” Stewart Udall

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… mountain goats at rest

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… Nyala staring

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… Rhino lounging

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… wild horses posing

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… lion gazing

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wildlife Waiting… flamingos preening

At the end of the day, I felt I had learned as much about myself as I learned about these animals in their prefab habitat in the city. They seemed content or, at least, I hoped so… Imagine the fierce competition for survival in the wild? Yet, I wondered if they missed the wild or if their memories were long erased by the loving care of the staffers who feed them daily… Everyone and everything deserves a bit of love… Stop by later as I have a few more to share. Thank you! 🙂 
What are your thoughts? What wild thing did you capture this week? How did you decide what photos to share and what to leave out? Do share? Check out some more Wildlife posts below

Positive Motivation Tip: We learn a lot about survival and ourselves when we spend time observing the activities in the animal kingdom.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

24 Comments leave one →
  1. 12/05/2011 2:19 am

    you wrote:
    “The lions were lazily enjoying the warm sun,
    and the elegant giraffe and zebras posed
    as if I were a paparazzi
    gathering shots for a lifestyle magazine…”
    frizz: those words are better than 1000 pictures …

  2. 12/05/2011 2:29 am

    Some fantastic and beautiful photos there Elizabeth, thanks for sharing them with us so we can see the beauty of nature and wildlife. We all need each other to survive, that’s why I’m passionate about pets (or any animal)!
    Oh, and thanks for the mention!

  3. 12/05/2011 3:06 am

    Fabulous pics!

  4. 12/05/2011 7:58 am

    I could look at these all day. The big cats are amazing and that polar bear is perfection.

  5. 12/05/2011 8:39 am

    Many nice wildlife! I’ll let my daughters to see them.

  6. 12/05/2011 9:54 am

    These pictures make me want to visit a zoo soon 🙂 I haven’t been to one in such a long time. Forgot how much fun it can be. Thanks for reminding me 🙂

  7. 12/05/2011 10:12 am

    Thanks for stopping by my post on wildlife and my blog so that I could find you! Great photos here, and you have a great blog.

  8. 12/05/2011 10:47 am

    Your pics are beautiful. and the polar bear my favorite…I can feel the rock..and sun..sigh..

  9. 12/05/2011 11:45 am

    Awesome pictures! Your polar bear picture was WAY better than mine!
    And those squirrel monkeys are so cute! 🙂

  10. 12/05/2011 12:26 pm

    Awesome shots, E!

    Zoos that simulate the natural environment for animals (as shown in your photos) are valuable educational tools to teach children about the splendid diversity on this amazing planet.

    Zoos with barren cages and concrete floors should be outlawed.

  11. InsideJourneys permalink
    12/05/2011 2:34 pm

    Love your photos, Elizabeth!
    I used to love going to zoos until I watched a lion. He had a pretty expansive space to roam but when he came to the invisible fence, I saw what I interpreted to be a sense of sadness in his eyes. It made me feel sad and I wondered if he missed being able to go where he wanted as he wanted, to be able to hunt. I couldn’t go back after that.
    It was great to see animals in the wild. We came close to seeing a kill but I’m glad we didn’t as I wouldn’t have been able to watch. I can’t even watch on television.
    These animals look well cared for, content and beautiful. And the best thing: they’re there for everyone to see.
    I can imagine how difficult it was to choose which photos to include. I had to leave out quite a lot.
    Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth. Your photos are beautiful!!

  12. 12/05/2011 3:13 pm

    The photos are amazing and with such detail!

  13. 12/05/2011 5:01 pm

    I know this sounds crazy, but the wild horses are my favorite! Well, them and the baby squirrel monkey! Great photos Eliz!!

  14. 12/05/2011 5:56 pm

    The wild horses and the lions are my favorite. The least favored is the cobra-do not like snakes !! Beautiful photos ! always enjoyed going to the zoo with the children-I find it fasinating the way mother’s tend to their young-its the ‘mother’s instinct” in all of us moms to care for our young !

  15. 12/05/2011 3:32 pm

    I feel sad for the poor animals, just passing by their time in the zoo. I am not sure what is good for them being in fear and free in the wild or being in the zoo.

    Lovely article and pictures Eliz!

  16. 12/05/2011 10:17 pm

    These photos are phenomenal! The animals are so close and beautiful. I love the gorilla shots – they are gorgeous and who doesn’t love a giraffe! Looks like it was a beautiful day for this. Wish I’d been there – but this is almost as if I was! 🙂

  17. 13/05/2011 6:49 am

    Wonderful photos – Papa Lion is my favourite! Although I did like the polar bear too – he looks very relaxed.

    I could happily live anywhere but the city.

  18. Bree permalink
    13/05/2011 1:42 pm

    Awesome! I agree with Karen, I feel like I spent the day at the zoo too.
    Which shots did you decide to exclude? These are very good.

  19. 14/05/2011 5:20 pm

    What a great collection of animal photos. Couldn’t you just sit and watch the gorillas all day? They do fascinate me.

  20. 18/05/2011 12:29 am

    Those animals are gorgeous! Animals fascinate me, although I must admit that almost all of them intimidate me (yes, even domesticated pets intimidate me). My most recent visit to the zoo was back in December. I almost had my picture taken with a snake wrapped around me, but I chickened out at the last minute. I’m thinking it’s time for another trip to the zoo, or maybe a safari.

    I’ve never seen a squirrel monkey before. The baby in your picture is adorable!


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