The Chris Austria Connection

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I have worked with tigers, and lions for many years and currently am assisting with wildlife conservation in Ethiopia.
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Had a great class yesterday at the #KravMaga Institute in #Oakland #California. Now I’m bustin out an early morning upper body #workout at the gym.

Had a great class yesterday at the #KravMaga Institute in #Oakland #California. Now I’m bustin out an early morning upper body #workout at the gym.

I attended the #KravMaga Institute’s #Stickfighting seminar in #Oakland #California. This was a remarkable seminar teaching us valuable skills that are very effective in real life scenarios.

I attended the #KravMaga Institute’s #Stickfighting seminar in #Oakland #California. This was a remarkable seminar teaching us valuable skills that are very effective in real life scenarios.

When I visited the #Simien mountains in northern #Ethiopia, I was so excited to be this close to a large herd of #Gelada Mountain #Monkeys. Their social behaviors and vocalizations are fascinating to observe. Geladas are an endemic species only found in the #SimeinMountains. Of all the #primates, they have the most extensive vocal repertoire. Males live in bachelor groups in herds of a few hundred individuals. They spend most of their time grazing in the mountain meadows of the #Ethiopian northern highlands.

In #Gonder #Ethiopia, outside the walls of #KingFasilides castle during the #Timqet celebration. This place is incredible and rich with history.

In #Gonder #Ethiopia, outside the walls of #KingFasilides castle during the #Timqet celebration. This place is incredible and rich with history.

It was an exhilarating experience to observe the #hyenas in #Ethiopia at the Fentali caves. This hyena cub emerged from her den in the early evening.

It was an exhilarating experience to observe the #hyenas in #Ethiopia at the Fentali caves. This hyena cub emerged from her den in the early evening.

At SixFlags in #Vallejo #California with the #bengaltigers sleeping on my lap. Kashmir, the #whitetiger was the first big cat that I helped to raise as a cub. The orange #bengaltiger is Rakhan, and I was slowly introduced to him. It was a long process to earn his trust and respect. There is no other experience that compares to working this closely with #tigers.

At SixFlags in #Vallejo #California with the #bengaltigers sleeping on my lap. Kashmir, the #whitetiger was the first big cat that I helped to raise as a cub. The orange #bengaltiger is Rakhan, and I was slowly introduced to him. It was a long process to earn his trust and respect. There is no other experience that compares to working this closely with #tigers.

At SixFlags in #Vallejo #California with the #bengaltigers sleeping on my lap. Kashmir, the #whitetiger was the first big cat that I helped to raise as a cub. The orange #bengaltiger is Rakhan, and I was slowly introduced to him. It was a long process to earn his trust and respect. There is no other experience that compares to working this closely with #tigers.

At SixFlags in #Vallejo #California with the #bengaltigers sleeping on my lap. Kashmir, the #whitetiger was the first big cat that I helped to raise as a cub. The orange #bengaltiger is Rakhan, and I was slowly introduced to him. It was a long process to earn his trust and respect. There is no other experience that compares to working this closely with #tigers.

Happy July 4th U.S.A. 🇺🇸 Happy Birthday America.

Happy July 4th U.S.A. 🇺🇸 Happy Birthday America.

Inside the monastery walls in #Lalibela #Ethiopia with this beautiful Kebero (traditional drum used in #OrthodoxChristian liturgy)

Inside the monastery walls in #Lalibela #Ethiopia with this beautiful Kebero (traditional drum used in #OrthodoxChristian liturgy)

The Pierre Ferrand Ambre #Cognac is by far, one of my favorite spirits. It has a complex flavor profile of honey, and mandarin orange. You can find this at @sfwtcwine in #SanFrancisco #California. This is an incredible #wine store and they have #winetastings every weekend starting at 2:30.

The Pierre Ferrand Ambre #Cognac is by far, one of my favorite spirits. It has a complex flavor profile of honey, and mandarin orange. You can find this at @sfwtcwine in #SanFrancisco #California. This is an incredible #wine store and they have #winetastings every weekend starting at 2:30.