We saw the big horn sheep climb the hill and walk along the ridge, pausing along the way for a photo op. Next to the big horn sheep were 5 bobcats looking for food and playing around. The mountain lion was adjacent to the bobcats and was prowling around and staring right at us. Was this an exotic location for a dream photo shoot? No, it was the California Living Museum (CALM) in Bakersfield. The CALM features native animals that can’t be released to the wild for one reason or the other. The big horn sheep are part of a captive breeding program.
The CALM has a variety of birds such as owls, eagles, hawks, woodpeckers, jays and waterfowl. There are also mammals such as foxes, bears, badgers and skunks. It is the place to see native animals and reptiles in one setting.
Docents sometimes are on the grounds with birds of prey. A docent had a screech owl on her hand the day we were there. The owl had only one eye so it would not survive in the wild. It was a very photogenic owl.