Animals around the World

The Big Picture celebrates World Animal Day (October 4, 2008) with stunning pictures of animals from all around the world. Here are my two favorites. (You can click on the pictures for larger versions.)

        Polar Bear and Cub | Stuttgart Zoo
Polar Bear and Cub | Stuttgart Zoo

        Common Kingfisher | Bird of the Year 2009
Common Kingfisher | Bird of the Year 2009

Started in Florence Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists, World Animal Day has since expanded its focus from its original intent, which was to bring attention to endangered or threatened species. The day is now set aside as a time to reflect on all of the animals we share this world with, and our involvement with them – and to spur action to commemorate that respectful relationship.


  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    Cool! I’ve been to that zoo many times. It’s called the Wilhelma and it is run really well. Lots of room for the animals, although it is never the same for them as the wild would be…

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Sharon – I thought of you as I was posting that photo!

  3. Margaret says:

    Fantastic photo of the polar bears. Believe it or not, I have also been to the Stuttgart Zoo, during a visit to Germany. My main memory is of the two peacocks, – one of them magnificently displaying his tail feathers, trying to impress the nearby female, who totally ignored him! Fun to watch! And we enjoyed the beauty of this bird, – the incredible splendor of God’s creation.
    Thanks for sharing these pictures for all to enjoy.

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