Here are more powerful and beautiful photographs from Cindy Knoke!
When you look into these wild eyes,
what do you see?
yearning to be free.
These mountain lions were photographed at The Big Bear Alpine Zoo in Big Bear Lake California.
Big Bear Alpine Zoo is a rescue and rehabilitation facility that provides injured, orphaned and imprinted wild animals a safe haven, either temporarily as they heal, or permanently if they are unable to survive in the wild. 90% of the animals brought to the facility are released back into the wild.
There are 160 animals in the facility currently, comprising 60 different species. There is a golden eagle with one eye, a bear with three legs, a grizzly that was scheduled for euthanasia at Yellowstone, animals that were kept as pets and abandoned when they become too much to handle, and many more animals with sad histories.
A new zoo is under construction that…
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