Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Endangered Animal Portraits



Bengal Tiger

It is time for Vee's monthly note card party, where bloggers chose four photographs that they previously used in a blog post that they feel would be nice to turn into note cards.  I decided to share some majestic animal portraits I made in Taronga Zoo, Mosman NSW, Australia in 2011. You can see that post, and many more animal photos from that magnificent zoo on this link.



Lioness


Koala Bear


Giraffe


Taronga Zoo is home to over 2,600 animals on 52 acres (21 hectares), making it one of the largest of its kind. The zoo places emphasis on the promotion of world wildlife conservation. Since 2008 the Taronga Foundation has spent over $200,000 helping protect endangered species in the wild, helping save and regenerate natural habitats and working with local communities to reduce conflict with wildlife. 2010 was earmarked as the International Year of Biodiversity where the Taronga Conservation Society supported nine projects focusing on education, anti-poaching, population management, wildlife health and habitat restoration. These projects are taking place in Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Fiji, Nepal, Tanzania and Zambia and will help protect the habitat, health and safety of a variety of animals. You can see a full list of all the animals living at the zoo at this link.

I really enjoyed visiting this zoo and I think a wonderfully expressive animal face note card would be a fun card to receive.  What do you think?  You can check out Vee's and see links to all the other note card selections over at A Haven For Vee blog beginning at 8:30 PM EST Tuesday evening.  Why not post your own card selections, link up, and join in all the fun?


I'm also linking up with "Outdoor Wednesday," Jenny Matlock's "Alphabe Thursday" -- the letter this week is "E" -- endangered animals fits the bill, and "Camera Critters Saturday."
Many thanks to all the blog hosts!

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59 comments:

Carol said...

Gorgeous shots, Pat. They are are fantastic!

Barbara F. said...

Oh Pat, I remember your fabulous trip to Australia. I was so taken with the photo of the lioness! I am a Leo, so I am partial to these big felines. Your photos are so great, they really need to be put in a book. I want a book of your photos sitting on my coffee table. xo

Old Kitty said...

Pat!! Your portrait pics of these animals are gorgeous!! Such terrific faces!! They'll make super duper excellent cards! Love them!!! Take care
x

Pamela Gordon said...

These are great close up shots Pat. I love the giraffe's look on it's face. Pamela

Michelle said...

These are some outstanding shots. I am a bit partial to giraffes :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Fabulous pictures, Pat.. They all would make a great set of cards... Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Linda said...

Great photos...yes...those would make wonderful notecards!!Have a great day!!

Chatty Crone said...

Those are magnificent photos! sandie

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Pat, these are gorgeous shots!!! Perfect animal note cards!! You go girl. blessings ~ tanna

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very cool shots! Love the big cats:@)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These make a fabulous set of notecards! My hubby and I love giraffes and have a few pretend ones around our house! Hugs!

ellen b. said...

Fun animal shots that would make great note cards. I'm off to search of some note card photos to post...

Vee said...

Such wonderful faces...I'd take the koala bear and include this message: Kiss me you fool! I'm just being ridiculous! These would make a wonderful set of note cards. Hope that you'll do it!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

You got some wonderful photos at the Zoo...amazing faces!

Creations By Cindy said...

WOW! Love all these! Beautiful! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Happy@Home said...

I would be very happy to receive any of these note cards. Such beautiful and unique faces. I travelled to Australia once and still have fond memories of those adorable koala bears.

podso said...

What beautiful shots! These would make a wonderful set of notecards!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Pat
You really could sell these as notecards- stunning photos.

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness. These are STUNNING and magnificent. I just love them all. I can't decide if my favorite is the tiger or the lioness. They both take my break away for some reason.

These could DEFINITELY be note cards.

Kati said...

Beautiful pictures! They are just gorgeous. It looks like you could touch them.

Ginny said...

These are wonderful! Any one of these close-ups could be on the cover of National Geographic. They do not even seem to be in a zoo.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Mille, You have captured these marvelous animals just beautifully! These are stunning! Thanks for sharing these!

Cheryl said...

Amazing photos of these beautiful animals! Thank you for sharing these!

Ola said...

wonderful animal portraits!

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Sheila said...

Your choice of note card subjects is amazing. i'm wondering if your lens was behind a chain link fence? You must have a wonderful camera Pat.

bj said...

O, I would sooo buy these. They are amazing. I just wish you would make them into cards and sell them. I'd buy the first batch, FOR SURE.
You did goood at the party.
xo bj

Lorrie said...

Really stunning shots of animal faces. They would make wonderful note cards - so many people love wild animals like these.

Millie said...

What expressive photos! I think the giraffe looks like he is smiling....

Tracy said...

Looks at those face... each one a treasure... Wonderful to see, Pat! :o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

Snap said...

Wild and wonderful for Vee's party! Love them!

Dianne said...

these are incredible portraits
I can look into the eyes of each of these beauties and fall in love with them

Becky K. said...

I could just stare and stare....stunning.

You are right, these would make amazing note cards and bring awareness at the same time.

Happyone said...

Oh wow!! These shots are fabulous. The Giraffe is my very favorite!!

Beth said...

really love wild animals. i would enjoy all. favorites are the koala bear & the giraffe. (:

Kaye said...

The koala bear is just too precious. Love these photos. Thanks for sharing!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Pat, Your got some amazing photos of the animals! I have to agree that they would make an awesome set of note cards.

GailO said...

Time to take my grandchildren to the zoo! Great photos Pat!

Theanne said...

beautiful photos!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Incredible photos!

Thank you for sharing, Pat!

Deanna

Carol said...

Pat,
These pictures are fabulous. I'm especially drawn to the big cats.

Beth said...

Fabulous photos! Love the koala bear. The giraffe looks like he is laughing. These would make a fine set of notecards!
xo Beth

Emma Major said...

What amazing photos, I love them. Making me plan a trip to our favourite wildlife safari park.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

How beautiful they are!

love it...

edenhills said...

What a great post for the letter e. Love the animals!

Carol said...

Amazing close-ups.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Pat, I would definitely enjoy receiving a note card with one of these animals on the front. Your trip to the zoo sounds amazing! I can stare at the animals for hours too, especially where they are shown in an open habitat like this one or Animal Kingdom in Disney. Oh, and your new "Grandboys" photo on the sidebar is too precious!!! They are adorable! Linda

Annesphamily said...

Pat I love your post! These endangered animals are so wonderful. It is so sad to see our world crumbling around us. Your photos are gorgeous. Always such a pleasure to visit you here.

Kathryn Ross said...

Hi Pat! Thanks so much for visiting me over at the Writer's Reverie for my first Note Card Party. It was great fun and I look forward to doing it next month, too.

Your wild animal shots today are fabulous! I am a big cat lover - small or large - and your koala and giraffe are terrific portraits - are they cropped or zoomed?
Joy!
Kathy

Andy David said...

Hello.
It's been ages since I went to the zoo. These are great! The big cats have to be my favorite. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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Lori said...

I hate seeing an endangered list, it breaks my heart. They are so beautiful! Stunning photos!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Great shots! They make for an amazing note card pic' collection.

Theresa said...

Fabulous Photos! They're all exquisitely majestic!

Linda said...

What beautiful animal portraits to share. I never tire of seeing them.

raisingahappyfamily-momof8 said...

your pictures are absolutely wonderful! wow. I don't think I have ever actually seen these animals like this before..thanks!!!
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anitamombanita said...

Although no so much a cat person, I do love the big cats. They are so majestic looking...makes me want to cuddle with one...well, maybe not quite. But I did get to hold a baby cheetah at the cheetah rescue when I was in Nairobi a few years back. Nice post!

anitamombanita said...

Pat, thanks for visiting. FYI - the photos are not from the west. They're from the southernmost part of Chile...but glad you enjoyed them.

That fruit tart in your next post looks yumm-dilly-ish-ous!

Judie said...

Wonderful photos, Pat. I learned that the koalas are dwindling in population due to an STD that causes them to become blind and terminally ill.

Betty Manousos said...

i'm blown away, terrific animal portraits!!
thanks so much for sharing:)

Jenny said...

What excellent and enticing images you share here!

I love the giraffe one, particularly!

I'm going to try to enter the CT thing again! I'm about ready to give up...even though CT sounds really appealling right now in the midst of monsoon season here!

Thank you for an excellent link!

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