For those of you who were around this fall, you'll remember I did my blogathon Blogpocalypse from the Alpine sanctuary Lions, Tigers, and Bears, in the company of lions, tigers, and bears. At the time they were just about to finish construction on a new bear habitat, but there was still just a few weeks left before the bears went in, which meant I got to hang out in it. It's since been completed, much to the delight of Blossom, Delilah, and Liberty. Founder Bobbi Brink has continued her ... Read more »
Behind the scenes at a blogathon
Normally when I do these blogathons, I park myself on the couch with a pile of chocolate and a liter of coffee and just go for it. But this year, this year I decided to be ambitious. I will do my blogathon on location, I thought. Let's make it NUTS. The week before, I drove out to the Lions, Tigers and Bears sanctuary to verify they had working wifi. It was slow, but not too slow. Good enough for the blogathon, I figured. My friend Star and I hatched plans. We'll camp out in the bear ... Read more »
Meet Your Meat Eaters: The Bears
I love these sweet black bears. Liberty, Blossom and Delilah rock. We fed them some zombie bits this morning. And Liberty likes zombie fingers. Mmmm! Ugh, that bit was a tad bit rotten. Cower before me, flesh eater! I'm a BEAR! Rawr! (And yet so cuddly) As you can see, the bears are currently living in fairly small enclosures while they are waiting for their big awesome 3 acre habitat to be completed. First priority is the dental work for Blossom and Delilah, who have a decade's ... Read more »
I’m feeling faint…pass me the Africa pics
I thought I would tempt you with some more Africa pictures. Wildlife is beautiful no matter where it lives. The wild carnivores are surprisingly lackadaisiacal. I have video of me 10 feet from him in a Land Cruiser a little panicked he might try to pounce. Did I tell you about the time the elephant almost took out the tour guide? No? Well I might... if I survive. I'm feeling a little peckish this morning. I had to cover Amanda Brown's escape and I think a zombie peacock pecked ... Read more »
Meet your Meat Eaters: The Lions
The Lions of Lions, Tigers and Bears are hungry. Hungry for zombie flesh. Luckily for us we managed to take a few out overnight and we'll be feeding them when it's light out and safe to go back outside. Yesterday, we primed them with a little chicken and catnip. In a pumpkin, because it's festive. Lions, Tigers and Bears goes through chicken shipments by the hundreds of pounds. With 13 cats and 3 bears, that's a lot of mouths to feed. But hoo boy, look how happy it makes ... Read more »
Meet your Meat-Eaters: Tiger Edition
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? -William Blake Thank God we didn't feed them this morning because we have some fresh zombie-meat that wandered in after Amanda. And yes, I crossbow'ed that walker right between the eyes. Raja stretching, waiting for some 'nip. When Raja and Natasha were rescued, it was discovered Natasha was pregnant, which is how LTB also wound up with Sitara and Tabu. A ... Read more »
Blogpocalypse Survival Guide
I have it from trusted sources that the blogpocalypse is happening THIS WEEKEND. There is not much time to prepare. Are you ready? I found a crossbow, so there's a start. High in the hills east of suburban San Diego, a 90 acre refuge awaits those seeking respite from the impending zombie masses. Tip 1: It's good to be surrounded by giant carnivores. They may look comfortable and content on their custom hammocks made out of recycled fire hoses, but give them a zombie and ... Read more »
The Blogpocalypse is coming!
Blogathon 2011 starts in ONE WEEK. That means I have one week to catch up on sleep before I throw it all away on yet another ill-advised all nighter yammering on about whatever in the hopes someone will be listening long enough to toss a few pennies my way. And by "my way", I mean of course this year's beneficiary, San Diego sanctuary Lions, Tigers, and Bears. They've been first to offer help whenever it's needed in the US, be it the Oklahoma circus bears, offering space for animals ... Read more »
Announcing Blogathon 2011!
I take a break in my regularly scheduled safari recap to make a very special announcement. That, and the overwhelming task of sorting through the meat of those 8000 photos we took in Africa is going to take a bit. I want to take the time to share the chimp experience with you all properly, especially considering the insanely dramatic turn of events after we left with the assassination of the alpha male and all. I am super excited about this year's Blogathon. I mean, I'm always excited about ... Read more »
Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh yeah!
On New Year's Eve we were lucky enough to ring in the New Year with quite the crowd: Lions, tigers, and bears. I had no, and I mean, zero, idea that there was a huge cat sanctuary a mere 20 minutes from my house until my friend Star told us all about it. The name of the sanctuary is, appropriately enough, Lions Tigers and Bears. The biology major/ wildlife lover in me knew we had to make a visit, and stat. There are more exotic cats living in captivity than there are in the wild- estimates ... Read more »