copyright 2014, Stephanie Maatta Smith
|Big Cat Collage, copyright 2014, Stephanie Maatta Smith|
Each of the cats has its own story. Some were bred to be house pets; others were "retired" from performing. Many were physically abused. Those that were cross-bred, such as the ligers and white tigers, have serious health problems. With the exception of some native Florida cats, none of the animals are rehabilitated and returned to the wild; nor are they used for breeding purposes.
I'll visit the big cats again. Next time it will be the private photography tour. I'll bring a longer lens and tripod, and a very large container of catnip.