Cheetahs in the Denver Zoo
Lately my heart and mind have been so full of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, as my moods range from feeling pain and empathy to feeling powerless and eventually to anger at the response delays, as I watch, listen to and read the heart-breaking stories. I have sought temporary diversion in my predictable places. Earlier this week I went to the zoo and caught these Cheetahs in repose. Though these animals are most likely zoo-born as zoos no longer wild-catch endangered animals, they are such magnificent animals that I never tire of watching them. Occasionally endangered animals are brought to zoos as a result of emergency rescue or confiscation from poachers. I find a kind of peace knowing these animals are still around, even if their numbers are dwindling in the wild.
Last Friday our National Geographic Magazine arrived and this issue features Africa. My husband read that National Geographic now has a 24-hour webcam in a Botswana game preserve. I immediately connected and bookmarked it. It is 8 hours ahead of our time zone so last night just before 11:00 it was just starting to be light in Botswana and I was really tired so went to bed before many animals appeared. But this morning at 8:00 a.m. I checked in and caught a lot of late afternoon activity around Pete's Pond where the webcam is located. So far I have seen plains zebras, ostriches, wild turkeys, cranes, springboks and one warthog as they came to the pond to drink. I haven't yet seen Cheetahs, lions, wildebeasts or elephants but there are video clips on the site of past visits by these animals. I shall visit this place often as I take my daily vicarious safaris.