reply to post by ArcAngel
The photos themselves are great. I felt the most connection with the yellow flowers, the leopard, and the lion.
But to be honest, to me zoos are more bitter than they are sweet. A few years back we traveled to the Cleveland Zoo in Ohio. It was quite obvious that
several of the bears were suffering from psychological problems. They were detached from any and all stimuli, and just kept pacing back-and-forth
incessantly. The bear I was observing had been pacing day after day, to the point its "path" was nearly a trench-like ditch from wear.
We humans are animals. We forget this and create a false perception that we are separate and totally different than the other animals. Animals need
miles and miles, and acres upon acres of land to roam, run, jump, and explore. They need interaction with their own species, for all of us animals
hold a varying degree of social behavior.
Zoos, in my opinion, are a form of cruel imprisonment. There is no true happiness found in those who are jailed, and often placed in solitary
confinement far from the herds, prides, flocks, and schools that their natural state of mind is designed for. There is no freedom and no choice. They
eat when and what they are given. They do not have the freedom to choose their mates naturally, and are left to the mercy of imposed mating
I do understand that many of these beautiful animals were rescued from former lives of even more cruelty. I understand that many of these animals, if
in the wild, face the real possibility of being annihilated from poachers, habitat loss, or environmental poisoning from mankind......
There must be a better way to save animals than creating for-profit penitentiary systems. I don't know,.... it's all just emotionally heart-breaking
for me,... the way mankind has wrought such suffering upon Earth and our animal brethren.
Nonetheless, beautiful pictures.