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Description of Pictures: The National Zoo received two new lions -- two sisters named Lusaka and Kisangali -- to accompany their lonely male lion. The new lions were transported from the Wildlife Waystation in California with the help of Lyondell Chemical Company. A Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) reception was held before the three lions formally met each other and it included a "back cage" tour of the holding cages where we got to meet the new lions. The tour was really neat. You weren't allowed to take pictures -- someone said that was to prevent groups like PETA from using them out of context to flame the Zoo while someone else said it was to keep the lions from getting too excited. They were close enough that you could actually feel (and smell...) their breath. You really don't appreciate the size of the lions though until you see them up close like that.
Within a few days, the three lions became a pride which would be together most of the time. For tigers, however, it's different. The Zoo has more tigers than it displays at one time. They have to keep them separated to prevent them from killing each other.
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Copyrights: All pictures were taken by amateur photographer Bruce Guthrie (me!) who retains copyright on them. Free for non-commercial use with attribution. See the [Creative Commons] definition of what this means. "Photos (c) Bruce Guthrie" is fine for attribution. (Commercial use folks including AI scrapers can of course contact me.) Feel free to use in publications and pages with attribution but you don't have permission to sell the photos themselves. A free copy of any printed publication using any photographs is requested. Descriptive text, if any, is from a mixture of sources, quite frequently from signs at the location or from official web sites; copyrights, if any, are retained by their original owners.
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2003 photos: Equipment this year: I decided my Epson digital camera wasn't quite enough for what I wanted. Since I already had Compact Flash chips for it, I had to find another camera which used CF chips. That brought me to buy the Fujifilm S602 Zoom in March 2003. A great digital camera, I used it exclusively for an entire year.
Trips this year: Three-week trip this year out west, mostly in Utah.
Number of photos taken this year: 68,000.
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