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Warsaw Zoo

June 25, 2008

Recently, when I was working in Warsaw, I stayed an extra day so I could take Johannes to the city’s beautiful Zoo. My son had come with me on this occasion, his first time in Poland. He loved the trip, and it gave us an opportunity to spend some quality time together.

But… about this Zoo thing, we both had some doubts. The thought of keeping wild animals locked up is not very appealing – and I would assume the animals agree. Yes, there are probably a few things good about a few wild parks, but on the whole I feel sorry for the animals who have to “smile” for us noisy humans, with our big SLR cameras, clicking away hundreds of shots for our private collections.

If there is anything positive in such a visit, it might be that you can acquire a deeper sense of respect for nature and its beautiful creatures. Maybe that thought can help us treat all living things with greater dignity. Just a thought…

Here is a gallery of animal portraits, a little selection from the Zoo. Our favorite is the bear. The cheetah shot is Johannes’ photo. The shirtless man had just been swimming around in the elephant’s “tub”, cleaning it. He was pretty cool, so he got a photo o his own.

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  1. cjmalm permalink
    June 25, 2008 18:58

    Nice pictures! My top three choices are the bear, the striped fish, and – once you know the background – the “elephant tub cleaner”!

    Though I’ve gone a few times to the zoo to photograph I must admit I’ve never been quite satisfied with my pictures. I miss the “wilderness spirit”, and leave with a feeling that the animals displayed are “broken” and shadows from what the are ment to be…

  2. Jan Burnett-McKeown permalink
    June 25, 2008 06:13

    You took some great shots of the zoo animals, Louis! Yes, the keeping of animals in “zoos” these days is certainly a debateable issue. But I think zoos have come a long way from the days (within my living memory) when the animals were simply kept in cages. These days, I think zoo animals are treated much more humanely and with more respect and appreciation, both by the zoo owners, and the visitors. There are certainly attempts to make their environment seem a little more “natural” than just a cage.

    Of course, there are the more “traditional” types of zoos – usually in city areas, that have to make the most of the limited space that they have available. Then there are those that are more like wildlife parks – usually in country areas, and with wide open spaces for the animals to roam more freely.

    Neither of these environments could be described as “ideal” for the animals, because they are still not in their natural habitat, and most of the animals are not even native to that country. And the animals are still basically “captive” and living in a very “controlled” environment. However, one advantage that I do see in the work of zoos is that many of them appear to be participating in some sort of breeding programmes for rare or endangered animal species. So the continued existence of some animal species is being assisted by the work done in zoos. If simply left to their own devices in the wild, some of these animals may eventually become extinct through hunting and poaching, or because their natural habitat is being slowly eroded by our expansion into their territory.

  3. June 25, 2008 05:25

    HI LOUIS,FIRST I WILL SAY THANK YOU, THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF THE BEAR AND THE NICE ANIMAL GALLERY. WHEN I VISIT A ZOO, AND SEE ALL THE ANIMALS I ASK MY SELF WHY ARE THY HERE ?. THEY SHOULD LIVE IN THE NATUR WHERE, THEY BELONG,NOT IN A ZOO THAT IS MY THOUGHT.I AM GLAD TO HEAR THAT YOU AND JOHANNES HAVE HAD A GOOD TRIP TO,WARSAW POLAND. GIVE JOHANNES A BIG HUG AND TELL HIM THAT HE IS A GREAT PHOTOGRAF JUST LIKE HIS FATHER IS. HUGS FROM ME LENE MARIE HØGH

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