Art by Rachel - Original Watercolors

The Zoo Gallery

I Great Cats

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.  (Martin Buber)





Bengal Tiger

Barbary Lion

His Majesty


Small Cats

He has become a much better cat than I have a person. With his gentle urgings, he made me realize that life doesn't end just because one has a few obstacles to overcome.  (Mary F. Graf)

If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur.  (Doug Larson)

II Animal Patterns

When a man does not admit that he is an animal,
he is less than an animal.  Not more but less.  (Michael McClure)

Four Giraffes - Animal Patterns

Nature is what she is - amoral and persistent.  (Stephen Jay Gould)


III  The Wolf Pack

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.  (Dennis Wholey)

Wolf Brothers

Who keeps company with the wolf will learn to howl.  (16th century proverb)

When a man does not admit that he is an animal, he is less than an animal.  Not more but less.  (Michael McClure)


IV Assorted Animals

Since we humans have the better brain, isn't it our responsibility to protect our fellow creatures from, oddly enough, ourselves?  (Joy Adamson)

Colobus Monkeys


Personally, I believe very much in values of savagery.
I mean: instinct, passion, mood, violence, madness.  ( Jean Dubuffet )


V  The Reptile House

The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order
into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can
hope for is to put some order into ourselves.  (Willem de Kooning )




VI The Butterfly House

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.  (Buckminster Fuller)


... there is nevertheless a certain respect, a general duty to humanity, not only to beasts that have life and sense, but even to trees and plants.   We owe justice to men, and graciousness and benignity to other creatures ... there is a certain commerce and mutual obligation betwixt them and us.  (Michel de Montaigne)



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