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Kowiachobee Animal Preserve in battle with Code Enforcement

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One of the panthers walks around its cage at Kowiachobee Animal Preserve in Golden Gate Estates on Friday, May 11, 2012. John Slaby and his wife Grace, the directors of the preserve, are in a battle with Collier County code enforcement over the zoning of the preserve's property and whether they are allowed to continue to give tours to the public.

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Greg Kahn/Staff One of the panthers walks around its cage at Kowiachobee Animal Preserve in Golden Gate Estates on Friday, May 11, 2012. John Slaby and his wife Grace, the directors of the preserve, are in a battle with Collier County code enforcement over the zoning of the preserve's property and whether they are allowed to continue to give tours to the public.

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After giving a tour of Kowiachobee Animal Preserve in Golden Gate Estates, volunteer Michelle Augustyn relaxes on the belly of a five-month-old African lion, Shaumbay, inside the owner's home. John Slaby and his wife Grace, the directors of the preserve, are in a battle with Collier County code enforcement over the zoning of the preserve's property and whether or not they are allowed to continue to give tours to the public.
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Subaliczar, a five-month old siberian tiger, takes a nap on the floor of the kitchen inside John and Grace Slaby's home in Golden Gate Estates while volunteers Matthew Zaleznik, right, and Kelsey Griffin, left, hang out after finishing a tour of the Kowiachobee Animal Preserve on Friday, May 11, 2012. The Slabys, directors of the preserve, are in a battle with Collier County code enforcement over the zoning of the preserve's property and whether they are allowed to continue to give tours to the public.
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One of the panthers walks around its cage at Kowiachobee Animal Preserve in Golden Gate Estates on Friday, May 11, 2012. John Slaby and his wife Grace, the directors of the preserve, are in a battle with Collier County code enforcement over the zoning of the preserve's property and whether they are allowed to continue to give tours to the public.
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Children from Village Oaks Elementary School watch as Michelle Augustyn, center, a volunteer, uses a branch to play with one of the panthers during a tour of the animals at Kowiachobee Animal Preserve in Golden Gate Estates on Friday, May 11, 2012. John Slaby and his wife Grace, the directors of the preserve, are in a battle with Collier County code enforcement over the zoning of the preserve's property and whether they are allowed to continue to give tours to the public.
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John Slaby, director of Kowiachobee Animal Preserve, gives children from Village Oaks Elementary School a tour of the animals on Friday, May 11, 2012. Slaby and Collier County code enforcement are in a battle over the zoning of the preserve's property and whether they are allowed to continue to give tours to the public.
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Children from Village Oaks Elementary School watch as K.D. a siberian Tiger roams its cage during a tour of the animals at Kowiachobee Animal Preserve in Golden Gate Estates on Friday, May 11, 2012. John Slaby and his wife Grace, the directors of the preserve, are in a battle with Collier County code enforcement over the zoning of the preserve's property and whether they are allowed to continue to give tours to the public.

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