Animals in Captivity Part 5

Toronto Zoo Bird 002

One of my favorite subjects to photograph are birds. I definitely enjoy seeing them out in the wild better than in cages, but I do understand that many birds that end up in zoos are rescued and cannot be released into the wild. I have photographed many birds in captivity and it makes me sad knowing that many people dream of flying free like the birds while there are birds that cannot do so themselves. I understand that there are reasons that birds are kept, even as pets, but I still want to see them fly.

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Animals in Captivity Part 4

Stanley Park Reptiles 003

Next up are the reptiles and amphibians! I have always found it difficult photographing through damp glass and in many of the habitats at the zoos and aquariums they are steamy and moisture locked. Even so I try my best to snap a picture of each. One thing I always think about when I look at reptiles and amphibians on display is that many of the different kinds are also kept as pets. This includes deadly species that could kill if mishandled.

Animals in Captivity Part 3

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Both times I have gone to the Toronto Zoo it has been ridiculously hot and it clearly shows on the animals that have outdoor habitats. Sometimes I catch myself thinking, why can’t they be more active, look more lively and it always brings me back to the fact that they are kept in small areas in many instances conditions they would never face in their natural habitats.  I reflect a lot on the photos I take and I always find the apes to overall appear sad. That being said they are sometimes playful. As long as there are zoos I will continue going and photographing, hoping every time to capture something different and unique.