Setting out on safari hoping to see all of the “big five” was exhilarating. Often, it is the leopard that is missed, as they blend into the blotched light and shadow of the tree’s canopy all too well. Guides scan the trees looking for a telltale sign, a dangling tail or even legs. Thankfully, we had a few leopard sightings because of this! These magnificent cats spend most of their time up in the trees, even hunting from them as well. Often, they will drag their large prey up there for protection. We actually witnessed this while in the Serengeti, what an amazing site!
Leopards are solitary cats and they guard their territory heavily against members of the same sex. They have few natural enemies, and their skill in climbing trees offers protection from most lions. Watching these elegant creatures, I could not help thinking about what they symbolize; strength, confidence, power, swiftness, intelligence, and beauty. What a gift to behold.
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Lucy’s Safari Adventures series will be unveiled at the Phoenix Zoo’s, “Art on the Wild Side” exhibition Feb 1 – May 31, 2020. Artists, Lucy Dickens, Joye DeGoede, and Anne Peyton will showcase their unique visions of wildlife and conservation in the Savanna Gallery, located in the Savanna Grill. Art will be available for purchase and zoo admission is required. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Zoo’s conservation initiatives.
“Art on the Wild Side” is a great collaboration between The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo and select local artists to display their work in our new Savanna Gallery. This rotating exhibit enhances our guests’ experience to not only see live animals on Zoo grounds, but also be inspired by the beautiful artwork along the walls of the Gallery, helping us communicate the importance of national and international conservation efforts. Exhibited artwork embraces the mission of the Phoenix Zoo: to advance the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.”
Linda Hardwick, Director of Communications, ACNC/Phoenix Zoo