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- Jul 17, 2010
Olympus E-P1, 63mm @ f/5.4, 1/125, ISO 500
I have not been in any zoo for years now and so I thought that I should visit one today. I found it rather depressing. Is it just me?
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).He is a beautiful lion, what zoo were you at?
It's ok. Yours are very beautiful pictures, I really enjoyed them.Hopefully this isn't thread jacking, if it is let me know and I'll make my own.
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.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.
Pictor said Tierpark Stadt Haag (Austria).Which zoo is this?
Well the National Zoo isn't exactly "free" - it is paid for by tax dollars. It is part of the Smithsonian.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.