Animal Ark Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary
The mission of Animal Ark is to inspire environmental stewardship through wildlife education. Since 1981, Animal Ark has provided a safe haven for injured, abandoned and otherwise non-releasable wildlife.
Animal Ark is located about 30 minutes north of Reno, NV.
I visited Animal Ark to photograph one of their "Cheetah Run" events. Among other animals they have two cheetahs. They are bothers and are 14 years old. The life expectancy of a cheetah in the wild is 16, so they are slowing down. They are exercised by having them chase a lure pulled around a 300 yard course. A few times during the year, this is opened to the public.
In addition to the cheetahs, they have a number of other animals, some of which I was able to photograph.