It’s zoo week here on the blog!
You know, I go back and forth on zoos. I really only like the ones where the animals have tons of space to roam around, where they live almost as they would in the wild. I can’t stand to see animals in cages especially when they pace back and forth in frustration. But zoos do play an important role in conservation and education.
I fell in love with elephants as a child when my family visited Lion Country in California. We drove around the zoo with the windows up and later I got to hold a baby cougar and I even got to ride a baby elephant!!! I will never forget it – he had really long whisker like hairs. I have been an animal lover ever since, especially elephants.
Lion Country isn’t there anymore, but when we were in Palm Springs I heard about the Living Desert, a 1,800 acre botanical garden and zoo. I wasn’t going to get to hold a baby cougar or ride an elephant but they did have something pretty special — you get to feed the giraffes!!!
Here are a few images I made of the giraffes where they live. You can click on any of the images to view larger versions.
I made all 3 of these with my 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM lens.
And here is Ray feeding the giraffe.
I got to feed him too, it was pretty cool.
All of this was just a warm up because after the Living Desert we visited the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Safari Park both of which were very different experiences. I’ll tell you more about those later this week.
What do you think about zoos? Good? Bad? Do you have a favourite zoo? I would love to know, please leave a comment!