Kingdom Zoo: Discovering Wildlife debuts today!

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If you have our Kingdom Zoo Roku Channel you can watch the debut of our new program Kingdom Zoo: Discovering Wildlife beginning now!

We are excited to have the program we will run moving forward that delves into nature’s mysteries and seeks out the hidden things of Creation. We start off with a five part series (posted every Tuesday) on MONSTER HOGS. You won’t want to miss this.

If you don’t have a Roku you can watch via the Kingdom Zoo Youtube Channel. Click here to watch now.

 

 

 

White Opossum (photo)

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Ever seen a white opossum?

This is one I photographed near my home in Orange County, TX last summer.

I have had a soft spot for opossums since I bottle raised one as a kid. Unique animals-an American marsupial.

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What type of hog?

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Can anyone tell me what kind of hog I am petting here? And no the one on the ground is not dead. It just wants to be petted.

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Blonde Hog

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Last week we announced our MONSTER HOGS project.

We’ll call this one a “giant” because it was likely in the 350 pound category but it does have monster tusks!

I photographed this one on a ranch in Orange County, TX near my home. Yes, it has blonde hair and eyelashes but it is kind of hard to call it cute.

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Search for MONSTER HOGS underway-you can win!

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We are official on the search for MONSTER HOGS!

What is a monster hog?

We’re calling anything in the 350-pound class a GIANT and over 500 pounds a MONSTER.

If you personal photos of any wild hog that fits these qualifications, e-mail them to chester@kingdomzoo.com. This week we’re giving away a cool wild hog pendant/necklace to the first five entrants.

Until then enjoy our new page MONSTERHOGS.com. Click on the link and be amazed and what roams the woods of the American South.

Look at this one taken by a Texas hunter-it looks like a small rhino. And check out this game camera photo.

How would you like to run into that in the dark?

 

Outdoors Dreams (Inspiration for YOU)

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Dreams.

They are a flash of inspiration that fuels us to do great things, hope in trying times and a way God plants in us seeds of greatness.

Unfortunately many from a young age are told their dreams will never come true.

Think about your early childhood for just a second. You probably thought you could do ANYTHING. All things were possible.

That is why when teachers ask kindergarten students what they want to be when they grow up they get BIG answers like astronaut. Kids really do believe they can be what they want to be.

Then at some point an adult comes along and squashes these ideas. They tell the kids don’t have big hopes or you will get disappointed or just flat out tell them they are not good enough to pursue their aspirations. For many this is a crushing defeat that lasts their entire lives and manifests itself in depression, anxiety and a deeply unfulfilled life.

I write this to bring you good news here on New Years Eve that is your dreams are achievable. This note is geared toward those of you who like me have a passion for the outdoors but these ideals are not limited to these realms. This applies to everyone but my inspiration here to speak to my fellow outdoors lovers.

I challenge you not to reflect back on your past mistakes or glories but instead look to the future with serious focus and determination to make your outdoors dreams a reality.

It is impossible to realize dreams without realizing you have them. Sit down with a pen and paper and think about the outdoors experiences you would like to have and write them down. They might be as simple as getting into wildlife photography or starting your own scouting group.

Never limit yourself because of what others may think or cut yourself short of dreaming big. Yes, certain situations might limit what we can do in some ways but the fact is God has no limitations and if we pray hard for his guidance doors will open we thought were impossible.

Attaining these dreams can be healthy not only for the spirit but for the body as well. If you have unhealthy habits like smoking for example, consider the financial cost. If you smoke a pack a day at $4 a pack at the end of the year that is $1,460.

That is a roundtrip ticket anywhere across the country, plus a rental car for a week and supplies. You could do one amazing trip through Yellowstone for example on that!

If you were able to put down some bad habit, which could literally save your life or your financial standing, you could pay for your outdoors dreams and do so with money you are already spending. And this does not have to be smoking. This goes for those who drink a bit too much or simply spend too much on junk and pretty much all of us do that.

I will tell you right now there are people who will tell you can’t make you dreams come true and that your lifelong outdoors quest is “too big” for you. And to be perfectly honest, that is a good sign.

When the critics come out (no matter how close you make think you are to them) that means you are stirring something in people. Those who will tell you that you cannot live your dreams are usually those who have not lived out theirs. Their sneers are based on jealously and not on a reflection of your abilities. Pray that they might see their dreams fulfilled.

In Isaiah 55:9 the Lord says, “As the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.”

Christ has a way and if we trust in Him and pursue our dreams with integrity and a right heart limitations fall and dreams come to fruition.

Now take out a pen and paper and start thinking about what your dreams. Ask God to guide you and trust in Him to bring to life what you may think has been long dead.

And remember to dream BIG!

Give the gift of the outdoors

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Gifts have been a huge part of the discussion around the country for the last month.

Actually, just after Halloween, I noticed Christmas marketing began with store shelves filling with decorations and various themed gifts.
There always seems to be much talk about “gifts that keep on giving” but most do not. They fade away and are forgotten in short order.
Time is one such gift that does keep on giving, especially time spent outdoors.

Going into 2012, I challenge you to spend time with friends and family in the great outdoors. Looking back on my life, it is evident time spent outdoors with my family and friends was crucial in not only setting me on a path that has me writing this column but also have a deep passion for all things wildlife.

To this day, I research wolves and seek them out not only in the wild but also in zoos and sanctuaries because of an incredible encounter with them in the Gilbert Woods near Fannett when I was nine years old.

My Dad took me on my first deer hunt and on the way in that morning a wolf pack started howling very close to us.

At first I was scared but that quickly turned to fascination and in reality it never died. I am just as fascinated about wolves and wildlife as I was in that moment.

At nine-years-old my daughter has the typical short attention span and boundless energy but she already has a love and appreciation for wildlife because my wife and I have exposed her to it since day one.

A few months ago I shared a photograph of her feeding a baby cougar and every time she says that photo hanging in the house she lights up and says, “Daddy, I fed a baby cougar.”

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Kids are not going to have that passion for the outdoors or perhaps even to go outside if they are not given a chance to experience it. All of the electronic wonders of the modern age are incredibly seducing and while they offer plenty of fun and work advantages for adults, they can help make kids lazy and unappreciative of nature.

However, if you get them outside when they are little and let them catch a fish or get a glimpse of a big whitetail buck or huge flock of snow geese something resonates with them. The outdoors becomes too exciting to completely ignore.

Time outdoors should also be invested in adults.

How many of you have senior parents or relatives that do not have the means or perhaps connections to get outdoors? Offer to take them out and let them know you appreciate them paving the way for you.

Our friends at work and in our neighborhoods are also primate candidates for an outdoors blessing. Putting someone on their first big fish or taking them on a hike is a great way to build friendships and to give something meaningful to others.

Giving is truly a wonderful thing and it is not something that should be restricted by a date on a calendar but it can become a lifestyle.

The greatest mind that ever walked the Earth said, “Give it and shall be given unto you.”

He is the reason we in the Moore household celebrate this season and it is with that spirit of giving we challenge you to give the outdoors this year.