Many of the big cat photos you see on here are taken at the Wildlife Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO. Located about 40 miles from Downtown Denver, the 789 acre Sanctuary was created in 1980 to provide a world-class home to animals that were illegally imported, illicitly raised or stupidly bred to be pets, with complete disregard for the well being of the animals. This is no zoo or theme park. But that's not to say it isn't an incredible place to see and learn about these animals. A raised bridge runs for more than a mile across the length of the Sanctuary affording views and proximity rarely available, especially with Lions and Tigers and Bears. Oh my.
I went out to the Sanctuary a few weeks ago to catch some sunset pictures. As always, I had big cats on the brain. The wind chill was -5 and the park was closing. All the lions were huddled next to heaters in their indoor enclosure. I don't know where the Tigers were but safe to say it was also climate controlled. And then I saw this little lady posing for my camera. It made perfect sense that an ARCTIC Fox was happy to hang out in the blustery conditions. I love these pictures for a couple of reasons. The soul in her eyes is undeniable. And, it's a reminder that sometimes the very best things really do come in small packages.