CLOSE your eyes... Can you remember what it was like to be yourself at 5 years old? I CAN.
When I think back to being about 5 years old there are certain memories that always stick out to me. I will never forget always having a stuffed animal by my side because I didn't care much for dolls. I would pretend that I could talk to animals and they could communicate back to me.
I had a cat named Chip. I would always communicate with her and I remember she would come to me and purrrrrrrr on my lap to make me feel better when ever I started crying. Unfortunately, I was allergic to her and of course my parents didn't know that until after we got her. I refused to give her up. She would come with us every summer from Sedona to Colorado on a 8 hour car ride. I would hold her in my lap the entire time to calm her down and by the time we got there I had hives all over my body. If that isn't love I don't know what is!
I never grew out of being an animal lover. As soon as I graduated with my BFA in photography from ASU and moved to Sedona I got a cat. More recently, I got Liberty my dog. She goes everywhere with me and hangs out with my parents or friends if she can't be with me.
Kids are always asked "what do you want to be when you grow up?" I think it's a little unfair to ask a kid to have one dream or be in one career! Honestly I think every kid should answer... "happy"! Anyways, I wanted to be so many things. One of the things I wanted be when I grew up was a zoo-keeper. I wanted to work with animals. I totally forgot about this dream until most recently when I visited Out of Africa in Camp Verde Arizona with my family for my mom's birthday! I spent a good half hour questioning one of the workers about their job. I definitely don't think I would ever give up my career as a photographer, but it felt so good to spend time taking photographs of all the wonderful animals there.
It was hard to decide but I think the giraffe was my favorite...
... but maybe that is because I got to feed him from my hand! =D
A close second would have to be these CUTE little cubs!
The Out of Africa in AZ if famous for their Tigers. Their first mission was rescuing Tigers and now have about 23 of them.
They allow you to "feed" the Tigers by pushing meat through a metal tube into the cage. This Tiger did not want to share...
I learned that just like smaller cats Lions love to chase things. You can tell the Tigers love playing and love their trainers. I was so jealous watching the trainers get to hug the Tigers!
Surprisingly enough they did allow us to pet and huge this HUGE cobra. She was the NICEST SNAKE EVER! She was born and raised in captivity and she was super used to humans even kids!