Monday, August 4, 2014

The next set is gonna be wild!

This week I'm excited to work on some zoo animal clip art!  I can't tell you how much I love animals.  I'm currently studying to be a veterinary technician, and every minute of it has been amazing!  I would spend every waking moment of my life around animals, if I could.  My husband jokes that if we actually ended up with all the animals I dream of adopting, we'd have a farm!  For my birthday last year he and our parents all chipped in to get me a year pass to the LA Zoo.  I can go whenever I want and just hang out for hours watching the animals.  I love it!  Every time I go my camera comes back filled to the brim.

I didn't always enjoy zoos, and there are many I will still never set foot in again because of their less-than-ideal conditions.  I used to very firmly believe that wild animals should stay in the wild, period.  Because of my recent schooling and a few other experiences I've softened my stance a bit.  I can see the benefits, to both animals and humans, of a properly run zoo.  They are especially good for helping the local human population gain an appreciation for our planet's precious animal life.  The phrase "out of sight, out of mind" applies perfectly.  I never want to see a day when any of today's well known animals are gone and my future children or grandchildren can only learn about them from the memories of their elders.  If more people experience these animals up close, more people will want to protect them for future generations to enjoy.

On that note, I'm off to raise awareness by drawing a koala!

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