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Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
Photography by Kathleen and Martin Walls 
Article by Kathleen Walls

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A strikingly colorful painted panther greets you as you enter Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Palm Beach County. He is so much more than a work of art. This panther and six others like him were part of a project called Panthers on the Prowl. The project, which netted $35,000 for the Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, was the brainchild of Busch's Institutional Development Director David Busch and Director of Development Mally Paquette. It meshed the talents of local artists who donated their time and talent to decorate the 8-foot long, white Fiberglas panther art sculptures and the needs of the imperiled wildlife rescued by the Busch Sanctuary. And yes, the sanctuary does have a real panther there.
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The eagle decorating the Panther sculpture is quite appropriate. Many eagles find their way to the sanctuary. This stately fellow is a permanent resident. His injury caused him to have a wing amputated. He seems contented to live out his days here in the sanctuary.
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Budweiser, a blue and gold macaw, is one of several birds who greet you as you enter Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. He welcomes you with a cheerful "Hello! Hello!"
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CeCe, a sulfur crested cockatoo, is another of the birds that greet you near the front entrance of the sanctuary.
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A pair of great horned owls look like they know the wisdom of the ages. Actually they are just upset with us for taking their picture. They are nocturnal and were getting a good day's sleep before we disturbed them.
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It's not all beautiful birds at the sanctuary. This toothy fellow is a crocodile not an alligator.
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This red fox is another resident of the sanctuary that will not be able to return to the wild. He has a good home here.

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