Sarasota News Leader

11/30/2012

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CAPTIVATING CATS One of the Big Cat Habitat's residents performs in a show on the grounds. Photo courtesy Richard Czina THANKS TO A SARASOTA COUNTY TECHNICAL INSTITUTE CLASS, STUDENTS GET TO PRESERVE EXTRA SPECIAL MEMORIES AT BIG CAT HABITAT By Harriet Cuthbert Contributing Writer I recently had the great pleasure of participating in an educational opportunity at the Big Cat Habitat that was offered through the Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI). As we drove onto the grounds, we were welcomed by an assistant and told to wander around and enjoy seeing some of the regular farm inhabitants. We observed a cheetah, It was a class listed in SCTI's Adventure Pho- some llamas, many goats of all ages, a very tography category as a one-day learning op- old and immovable tortoise and a few bright, portunity under the heading, "photography/ chatty birds. wildlife." Then we were called into the "big top" area The Big Cat Habitat is a sanctuary for lions, tigers and even bears, many of whom were rescued as very young animals. Kay Rosaire, who is the founder of this magnificent Garden of Eden, has been caring for these beautiful animals for more than 30 years. for our one-hour photo session. This was conducted by Jason Hahn, a local wildlife photographer, who gave an excellent and informative presentation on capturing the best possible photos of dangerous and/or active animals in the wild.

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