Lions in woodland park zoo seattle

Here are a few photos of lions taken at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle this week. Pictures of animals in zoos may not be interesting to some. Many do not like to see animals confined in zoos. If they were not in a zoo, they may not survive, as the wild is a dangerous place now. If you cannot see a real animal in a zoo, how can you care about them in the wild, when you have never seen a real one? I wonder if Scooby would be afraid of seeing these animals? There is a very slim chance a mountain lion or bear could show up in my backyard–but slim is not zero! I have many animal photos to choose from but I will just stick with these cats, as this is, after all, a cat blog.

Lions in zoo

Seattle Woodland Park Zoo

male lion

Scooby Senior

scooby cat

Tabby cats are descended from African wildcats. See any resemblance? Cats, giraffes, and camels are the only animals that walk putting their right front foot and right rear foot forward; then left front and left rear foot forward, and so forth and so on. You might need to know this on the “Jeopardy” television quiz.

Below is shown a photo of lions in the London Zoo I took back in 1976! When you are counting how many shots you have left on your roll of film, you have to be selective. I concentrated on “people” photographs. They are the ones that stand the test of time.


London Tower Bridge 1976 and Lions in London Zoo


  1. Our local zoo just got a snow leopard. I too struggle with animals in zoos, but also know that good zoos do much more enrichment for the animals, a good thing.

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  2. Nice photos, Greg! I had a tabby cat when I was a kid. Great cat Tiger was! He died of distemper though. Yep, I collected stray cats that wandered into my yard back then. Good memories of my cat years! 🎶 Christine

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  3. Woodland Park was the first zoo I visited after having spent some time with lions in the wild in Kenya in 1985. I was impressed by the habitats the have created and continue to create for the animals. Zoos today serve a very good purpose by encouraging conservation of nature’s miracles.
    I went back to Africa in 2005 and was once again reminded how close our house cats really are to their wild relatives.

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  4. Very interesting! I’m going to have a look at how my cats Rory and Mac walk when I get home. I like zoos, they play an important role in raising awareness and animal conservation. One of our local zoos, the Five Sisters Zoo, is very active in animal rescue too.

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