To be or not to be.....
- TAZ (10926)
- [2004-09-26 4:05]
Me too I don't like zoo. But This picture is very beautifull with goog colors and the note is very informative ! Well done !
- Robbrown (6106)
- [2004-09-26 4:29]
Good image Japie a little shadows and highlights to reveal a few details in the shadowed side of the face, but thats it.
So you are too be the thought provoker here, fair enough it is a good role to have.
Zoo have a space problem with larger animals and they get their food too easily, which leads to boredom which leads to the repeditive habits you discribe, which a form of mental disturbance. This is where the larger park and reserve type places win as the aminals can be made to act more naturally by hidding food in ways that teach the animal to hunt normally. some of the wildlife parks in the UK make the lions and wolves chase a carcase towed behend a truck to make sure they get into proper hunting mode and get the right ammount of exersize.
- jhm (1853)
- [2004-09-26 5:04]
Japie, uw tekst is altijd een documentaire, de kleuren zijn zeer mooi, het mooie detail zijn de nagels aan de voorpoot. Mooi kader ook is het in de Zoo. Mooi werk opnieuw!
- marhowie (486)
- [2004-09-26 8:03]
Japie, I really like your theme for this and the message conveyed. Great image full of brown & tan tones. For me it is a sad photo because it depicts an apathy I seem to see often, especially in large contained mammals. Well done!!
- RAP (7405)
- [2004-09-26 9:45]
Hmmm... indudablemente no es tu mejor presentacion, pero por la belleza del animal, el colorido adorable y ese detalle de la garra en primer plano, ademas de una muy interesante nota, tienes mi calificacion positiva.
Hmmm... doubtlessly is not your better presentation, but by the beauty of the animal, colorful adorable and the that detail of the claw in first plane, in addition to a very interesting note, you have my positive rate.
- carper (8439)
- [2004-09-26 12:54]
Well Japie I must say, you shoot it very well in the Zoo, I really like the composition, but the eye is for me to dark. A good Zoo photo is for me an animal who looks too the camera. Farther with the note very good job
- PDP (11769)
- [2004-09-26 15:17]
There are two ways I look at this: Aww, that's what is great about being as successful as a bear - you have time to, relax in the sun. I want to come back as a bear. OR. Bears are so bored in a zoo, he;s dying of boredom. And it's the resoning I have same with zoos. How else do we folk who live in places like London get to see things like this without zoos? Do we deserve to see them? I don't know the answers. Great work Japie...
- Signal-Womb (11094)
- [2004-09-26 16:40]
Very interesting note Japie two points for that alone. The photo is also an excellent piece. Good post.
Very good question you did.
Besides talking about zoo, I would like to say that I think the same to you about posting zoo shots in TE. I will not.
I don´t mind other people do, in fact I voted a lot of them for the quality of the pic or the pose, but I dont think it fits with the spirit of TN, and I am thinking about not voting at them, we all have that right...while I think I will vote this one :D
Very good picture with great warm colours! Sad thing is that one was taken in zoo.
About your question and theme: I have read a little Science Fiction story where the ET comes to our planet and steal (kidnap) a human thinking we don't have intelligence (in they oppinion). On his planet they have a cosmo zoo, where they collect species from planets. And put in this zoo homo sapiens! The human protest, scream, but - nothing. And when in the cage of homo sapiens appear some kind of mouse, and the human catch him and put it in some kind of cage, the extraterrestrials realise, that humans are intelligent and bring him back on earth!
Maybe zoo's a sign of our "intelligence"?
Sorry for my bad english and maybe a too long comment.
You asked for it...
I have read and seen many protests for and against Zoo's. Those for; plead conservation, education and valuable research. Those against; plead unnatural habitat, stressed animals and animal testing. Even so, what I do know is that miss treated, poisoned or injured wild animals get taken to our closest Zoo. They get treated and all efforts are being made to set the free into the wild again. Some cannot ever be set free. The topic is but the tip of the problem. The problem being human nature and it's lack of interest. If I were an animal I would rather be in a Zoo than in a circus or be hunted.
- mogens-j (20)
- [2004-09-28 11:18]
Nice capture Japie. To me the bear looks relaxed and comfortable and absolutely without stress. I like the colours and the composition. Interesting note but I do not want to go into the debate here.
- touristdidi (2490)
- [2004-10-02 8:03]
Animals bored at best, mistreated at worst. Yet without zoos, we would never see the wonders of the world up close and for real. Animals need food, and stimulation, room to enjoy life. I think tigers and lions are often the worst victims, locked up tight in small quarters.
- Janice (18832)
- [2004-11-04 3:16]
I was enjoying looking at all the South African animals on your pages and then I saw this bear - I thought, "Bears don't come from SA, do they?" And isn't he lovely? Thank you for showing him. In New Zealand we only see wild animals in a Zoo. In NZ we have native birds but no native mammals at all. So where else but at a zoo would we get to see any of these animals? I am enjoying your photos.
- kamiko (80)
- [2008-01-29 18:24]
very nice shot, but it's from a zoo and i hate to see animals in close, sorry :(