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Terry Gardner

Terry Gardner

Based in Santa Monica, CA, Terry Gardner is a freelance journalist whose passion for travel, scuba diving and the environment led to a career as a travel journalist. She writes for various websites, including the Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post. Terry's website is www.terrytravels.com. Her Twitter and Facebook handles are terrytravels1.

  • R4wrn3ss

    “Resisting the urge to pet lions is one thing you should avoid” Does this mean I avoid resisting the urge? In other words, I SHOULD pet the lions?

    • Jay

      Yup

      • Terry Gardner

        Jay, thanks for the much deserved sarcasm. My error is fixed. Hopefully no baby lions have been hurt in the meantime.

        • Jay

          I was agreeing with the person you just thanked genuinely, so that’s interesting.

    • Terry Gardner

      Holy cow, thanks for catching that HUGE error. I’ve been traveling and only saw your comment today. I fixed that graf. Thanks so much for catching that whopper of an error

  • chesbeau

    There’s a lot to be said for conservation. There is a lot more to be said for the likes of animal exploitation, entertainment utilizing strictly business models like SeaWorld.

    • Terry Gardner

      I avoid Sea World. San Diego Zoo is out in the world helping animals, but I view Sea World as a top exploiter. If I had a gang and the money to set Tillikum free, I would. Yes, he probably would die, but I think he would trade a life of imprisonment for an hour of freedom