Tuesday, 28 April 2009

And An Elephant

There is a school of thought that says animals should be photographed in the wild because they should be in their natural habitat. I suppose that the people who wrote these photography rules would not like zoos. My opinion is that zoos serve a useful purpose. They care for animals and they protect some species that have become extinct in the wild. As far as I can see, the main difference between people visiting the animals on safari and visiting them in a zoo is the zoo can protect the animals.

There is an alternative view. The animals are confined. Some have to be or they would fly off. They look well and there would be complaints if they didn't. They are informative and entertaining, and those who visit zoos will be more aware of the care that is needed and shown for the animals.

One additional benefit is that you don't need to spend thousands of pounds and travel to Africa, then go on safari to get a photo like this. It's a lot quicker, cheaper and more exotic to drive to Chester. Well maybe not the exotic bit.

Happy snapping

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