An Afternoon in the Zoo

AverageCanadian

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He is a beautiful lion, what zoo were you at?


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Took all of these pics while I was in Washington for the Rally to restore sanity and/or fear.

Washington has a great free zoo very near a subway line almost right downtown. I was very impressed with the selection of animals they had there and even more impressed with how much access you had for pictures. If you're ever in Washington I highly recommend visiting. Especially since its free.

All of these pics, except for pic 2 I played around with in Lightroom. Hopefully I didn't ruin any of them.

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Thank you both Christian and AverageCanadian for these.

Yes, Christian, I generally do agree with you about zoos being depressing. However, I know there are some truly well designed and well run zoos and that can make a huge difference to the animals and to even keeping certain species alive while educating us humans in hopes of protecting them even more. If the animals are given "free range" and as environmentally as appropriate as can be surroundings it's a huge step forward, sometimes.

I haven't been to the zoo near us since our daughter was much, much younger. We have a pretty nice zoo in The Bronx Zoo just outside of Manhattan, in New York. I know the animals and birds and reptiles would much prefer to be free in their own native habitat if they could be. It's when they really appear caught and caged that I feel so unhappy, as I think you reflect in your first post's comment.
 

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He is a beautiful lion, what zoo were you at?
Tierpark Stadt Haag (Austria). This is a small zoo and not a modern zoo, which means, that the cages are very small and one can see that some animals are ill in the sense that they are maladjusted (I hope, this is the correct English word).

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It's ok. Yours are very beautiful pictures, I really enjoyed them.

Yes, Christian, I generally do agree with you about zoos being depressing. However, I know there are some truly well designed and well run zoos and that can make a huge difference to the animals and to even keeping certain species alive while educating us humans in hopes of protecting them even more. If the animals are given "free range" and as environmentally as appropriate as can be surroundings it's a huge step forward, sometimes.
Of course, there are differences, and I know a zoo which is modern. The animals live in a large area which is made as near as possible to the environment they usually live. In the zoo, where I shot these photographs, the lion lives with a female in a cage which is significantly smaller than my apartment. The tiger lives alone in a small cage and either lies somewhere or walks the ten meters from one side of the cage to the other and back again... The bear was sitting around and did not move besides looking sometimes to the left or to the right and made a very apathetic impression.
 

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Christian, that is such a terribly sad and heart breaking description. I think that in a number of your photos that feeling comes across, all too clearly. I wonder how these kinds of zoos can still exist...but I know that is a very naive statement for me to make. There is much unintentional cruelty in the world.
 

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We visited the Oklahoma City Zoo on Monday and it's a mixture of some old style exhibits and thankfully an increasing number of more modern ones.

This was in a small glassed in area, but the Kit Fox is basically a nocturnal hunter so they're hard to display.
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Once again a glass enclosure, but a bit larger this time with room to swing and play.
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The Lions, and the other large mammals were all in large open landscaped paddocks.
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The outdoor shots were all taken with the M.Zuiko 40-150mm, and the nocturnal / aquarium indoor ones used the legacy Zuiko 50mm f1.4.

I really love the ability of the E-PL1 to render beautiful color jpegs.
 

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I love visiting zoos and aquariums to take pictures of the animals. Here's a shot I took of a bald eagle at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, Minnesota using my GF1 and the Pany 14-140mm zoom set at 140mm. The exposure was 1/125 sec at f5.8 and the ISO was set at 3200 :eek:


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Pictor, your images are quite depressing. I visit the LA Zoo and the San Diego Zoo, both of which look like Club Med when compared to your images. Which zoo is this?

Zoo Snaps:
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Which zoo is this?
Pictor said Tierpark Stadt Haag (Austria).

I would hope and expect if a zoo had some of the conditions described about this one, if in the UK the RSPCA or some mechanism would get it prosecuted and changed/shut down.

Although something you have to bear in mind is that some things that might look tatty to people might be of no concern to the animals and that big cats sometimes walk up and down the perimiter to assert their territory (I think).
Also, sometimes animals are in temporary areas while their main area is being changed.
 

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Washington has a great free zoo very near a subway line almost right downtown. I was very impressed with the selection of animals they had there and even more impressed with how much access you had for pictures. If you're ever in Washington I highly recommend visiting. Especially since its free.
Well the National Zoo isn't exactly "free" - it is paid for by tax dollars. :wink: It is part of the Smithsonian.

I worked at the National Zoo hospital in Washington DC for 4 years while going to college. My avatar is a tiger cub named Ralph I photographed in one of the examining rooms.

The National Zoo was an early adopter of exhibition enlargement and adaptation. We had behaviorists on staff who worked with the architects to help design the enclosures to reduce stress.

I feel the animals are ambassadors of the wild and serve an important role in reminding us of our responsibility to care for the world we have been given.

Here is a larger version - shot with a Canon FTb, 50/1.8 wide open on Tri-X. Hence lots of grain.

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