After visiting the San Diego Zoo I decided to pay a visit to the Safari Park where I heard the animals are in a more natural environment.
The two were very different experiences.
I did enjoy the zoo, they have a wider variety of animal species, but I enjoyed the safari park more because the animals seemed happier to me. There was not a moment when I felt sorry for the animals like I often do at a zoo. Here the animals had a huge open area to roam about and they were all happy and healthy.
To compare, the zoo has 3,700 animals in 100 acres. The safari park has 2,600 animals in 1,800 acres. It is a much bigger place where the human visitors are confined to a small area, we are the ones behind the chain link fence, and the animals are free to roam in a large oasis.
I absolutely loved it.
I made these images of African Lions in “Lion Camp.” Please click on any of the images to view larger versions.
I made each of these images using the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens that I rented. They were processed using Nik Silver Efex Pro.
Coming up next on the blog, I finally get to see some happy elephants and they were having such a good time that the onlookers were actually cheering!
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