W ild Passion One Man’s
for Conservation by C. Nooriel Nolan | Art of Affection Photography
Carl Bovard doesn’t just talk about wildlife conservation; he lives it. On his ten acres in Melrose, Florida, Carl has built an educational wildlife facility, designed to inform the public about the importance of preserving the habitats of endangered species, particularly the tiger. As soon as visitors walk into Single Vision Endangered Species Educational Facility, it’s all about the animals. A majestic blue and gold macaw watches from his habitat near the front gate. Five German shepherd dogs welcome visitors at the wooden fence, and the large cats can be seen in the distance peacefully rubbing their bodies against the fences that secure their enclosures.
Single Vision is a menagerie of animals including lemurs, Malaysian squirrels, five alligators, 24 | TheVillageJournal.com
kinkajous, three cougars, one Asian Black Leopard, and 5 big cats – a lioness, a 700 lb Siberian Male Tiger, and three Bengal Tigers: two orange, one white. The cats are the main attraction here, and it’s easy to understand why. Aside from Carl’s passion for their conservation, their sheer size and grace draws visitors’ attention upon immediate entry into the facility. Highly socialized from a lifetime of interaction with Carl and volunteers, the tigers seem to enjoy human company, rubbing and “chuffing” (low, guttural noise similar to a purr) on the other side of the double chain-linked fence, seeming to welcome visitors to their home. The three Bengals share two fairly large enclosures as their main living space (much larger than the 10 x 20 foot cage minimum