Today was a double event of cats... and cars. Being International Cat Day, what better way to spend it than with cats. So I headed off to Rock Springs, WI where Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue was holding a fundraiser with a car show in town. Just up the road is the actual sanctuary, so having got to the car show a bit early we headed up to the sanctuary to check out some big cats. All of these cats are rescues from closed zoos or hoarding/breeding situations. It's quite the sight to see all of these very non native species within the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. Before I knew it I had spent 3 hours there photographing them all.
I would absolutely love to get back here and be able to photograph inside of the secondary fence. Shooting through one, sometimes 2 fences just to have a good angle really diminishes some of these photos. The haze running through them is the out of focus fences. If they were the right distance away, I could sort of get a clean shot. Anywhere else and I was cutting them up with horizontal and vertical hazy lines. It'd be so nice to be inside that first fence so I could get the lens up to the enclosures and shoot straight through the openings.
There is a slight story to some of these. When the male lion appears, I have written up a description of the events on mouse over. If you're on mobile, I'm sorry but these don't appear. Basically there was a fight over some food.