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Big Cats‏

December 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

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The day that I first saw a family of Siberian tigers and a solitary snow leopard is still fresh in my mind. I remember it like it was only yesterday.

Actually, I just checked my calendar to make sure. It was yesterday that I saw my favorite big cats for the first time.

While I am back from my most recent trip to Asia, I needed to go to Denver yesterday morning. I wanted to hear a talk by my friend David Forbes, who is finishing his Ph.D. work at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. He spoke yesterday to a group of a dozen people from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on “The Patient-Practioner Interview Encounter.”

David is working to use the latest technology to bring diabetes-related health services to the indigenous population of Western Australia, sometimes called the Aboriginal Australians. We face similar hurdles in reaching our own indigenous population, the Native Americans (or American Indians) as does Canada in reaching its First Nations and New Zealand in reaching the Maori.

David had invited me to hear his presentation because we have been working together as he posts his preliminary findings in a series of articles on my Website. Here is a photo of David that I took of him speaking yesterday.

David Forbes Addressing a Colorado Health Department Group Yesterday

David Forbes Addressing a Colorado Health Department Group Yesterday

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David Forbes is an interesting man. British by birth and a former policeman with Scotland Yard, he is an American citizen who lived here in Colorado for many years before moving to Australia. There he reinvented himself to become an academic concerned with the poorest segment of Australian society.

I find the big cats just as interesting although not nearly as intelligent as David. I went to see them yesterday afternoon since I was in Denver anyway and I needed to get some activity and the day was warm and calm for late fall. The Denver Zoo is just up the street from where David talked, so that’s where I headed right after lunch.

The snow leopard is an endangered species. Only about 5,000 remain in the wild, and the zoos of the world have only 600 to 700. This one lives in the Denver Zoo.

The Snow Leopard in the Denver Zoo

The Snow Leopard in the Denver Zoo

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Siberian tigers, the largest of the eight living tiger species, is, like the snow leopard, on the endangered species list. Only a few hundred remain in the wild and in the world’s zoos. I saw four of them yesterday.

Papa Tiger

Papa Tiger

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Two Tiger Cubs at Play

Two Tiger Cubs at Play

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How could anyone forget such beautiful cats?

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