This is the view from the 18th floor, looking south.
Animal Ark keeps several types of North American predators ,as well as a few exotic species. Most of the animals are considered "disadvantaged", meaning they may be orphaned, permanently disabled, or they may be confiscated or unwanted exotoc pets. In many cases, the animals would have been euthanized if a home at Animal Ark had not been found.
We drove north on highway 395 to Red Rock Rd and then east for about 11 miles into the desert to Deerlodge Rd.
We saw the sign.
I'm falling in love with this land. It's stark and wild. I would love to live through a winter here.
We paid our fee and started walking. It was rather warm.
The first animal was a beautiful Asian tiger. His name is Shere Khan.
Next were the Mountain Lions, who weren't any more excited about seeing us than the tiger.
We looked for the other one and finally found it lying in the rocks under an old log.
You can read about Milagro and Daniel here:
The display at this observation platform had the skeletons of four different cats including a sabre tooth cat and I finally used the reflection of the glass (which was annoying for this photographer) to an advantage and took a photo of MYSELF AS A SABRA TOOTH CAT.
We saw a crazy badger who never stopped pacing around her compound. Her name is Beatrix.
This is her story. This photo was caught with a fast camera speed. She was jumping from her house to the ground and I finally caught her clearly as she zoomed by.
Then we saw a raccoon, called Ringo,
Kaleb, a Canadian Lynx, was very interesting. A beautiful, dignified animal that never opened his eyes for us. I loved his profile.
The bobcats were both under a tree.They are Whiston and Piper. The came from private ownership which is never a good thing with wild animals.
Then we came to the Black Bear's compound. They told us she had just eating and she was getting a little exercise. Well, this was fun to watch. She was playing tether ball, all by herself.
We left BooBoo and moved on to a Barn Owl, which was back in a dark corner and I couldn't get a good photo through the enclosure.
But, the Desert Tortoise was out and about. His name is Peabody.
We saw a Jaguar that was moving around quite a bit but he was behind two fences and I didn't get very good shots of him. This was the best one.
El Santo was donated to Animal Ark by Project Survival’s Cat Haven to help raise awareness of the plight of the jaguar. Originally, Santo was intended for another facility but they could not take him, so another home was sought. Project Survival is a non-profit organization that exists to support wild cat awareness, research, and conservation. The jaguar is the largest cat of the Americas.
TheCheetahs were nowhere to be seen and then someone said "Look!". They were down underneath the glass right below us. There, not a foot or two from us on the other side of the window, two of them were resting together. This was as close as I could get the camera to the window.
There was a Great Horned Owl and some birds that didn't get their photos taken because one of the docents came by in her little wagon and said that the White Tiger was going to be fed and would we like a ride back to the tiger compound to see the event. We said "Yes!" and climbed aboard.
The keeper brought the food out into the main compound and set it up on a platform. A bird tried to snag a bite before the Tiger was released. He did get a piece of ground beef, but flew away quickly.
Kahn is a White Bengal Tiger. (Please read his story here:
This is the most beautiful and powerful animal I have ever seen. I was overwhelmed.
Kahn loped out there on his massive paws and looked like a cat on a mission.
He made one huge jump up and landed next to the bowl.
Got his balance.
And started eating.
The bird wasn't even waiting on the sidelines for leftovers. It was gone.
It was so interesting to watch this Tiger eat the chicken. Those powerful jaws were made for eating raw meat.
That chicken was devoured within a few minutes and then he went back to the bowl for dessert, finishing off the beef.
This animal was the most amazing of all. His majestic stature, his regal attitude and the chance to see such an awesome animal was truly the highlight of the day. I mean, how often do you see a White Bengal Tiger in the American West? Yes... I was walking on air.
The woman next to me said "Oh, I wish I could just go in there and touch that animal." We all laughed and so did she, but I kind of understood what she meant.
We drove back out to the main road and I got a better photo of that "dome" home.
We drove back to the highway and south to Reno. Clouds were moving in.
Then we went back to the hotel, took a nap, cleaned up and walked to dinner.
The River was beautiful. There were lots of people walking around.
We decided to do some gambling. We didn't do very well. You have to cut your losses and leave when you're not winning. It was Tuesday night and my luck was not about winning jackpots... so I got kind of cranky. When I start talking to the machines, it's time to go home. I found my son and said I wanted to go back to the hotel. He wasn't doing that well either, but he asked me to play the pennies machines for a while. That didn't work either. So we finally left.
As we walked back, I took a picture of the famous Reno Arch.
I needed to get some sleep because Wednesday we planned on driving over Mt. Rose to Lake Tahoe.