He is a beautiful lion, what zoo were you at?
Hopefully this isn't thread jacking, if it is let me know and I'll make my own.
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.
Which zoo is this?
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.