Tucson – February 2023 – Conflicted Visit to a Zoo

Anytime I visit a zoo I have conflicted feelings. On one hand the animals are beautiful, but on the other it is sad to see them caged up in less than natural settings. I understand it can be educational to children and others, but at what cost to the animals.

Setting aside these conflicts for a couple of hours I stopped by the Reid Park Zoo.

The zoo is fairly small by most standards, but is very popular. The walkways were crowded on this sunny Sunday afternoon.

One of the first stops was an enclosed aviary that you walked through.

Another building had some terrariums that housed reptiles.

The flamingo’s had a bit more space.

The peacock as well seemed to have room to roam.

The squirrel monkey with a solemn look.

A similar look from the ring tailed lemurs.

The larger mammals were the ones that seemed most out of place in their enclosures that were far too small.

Summed up best by this rhino. It is disappointing with all the open desert space (outside the city) that a new approach couldn’t be taken to provide wide open spaces for the animals, while still serving the educational and entertainment purposes of the zoo. Of course who has the money to make that happen?

Columbus – July 2018 – Testing the New Lens at the Zoo

Lens envy hit me enough I picked up a new Canon EF 100-400 F/4.5-5.6 lens. With an hour or so we buzzed through the zoo so I could play with my new toy.

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Taken through a dirty window. This new lens is much faster than what I had.

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Another taken through dirty windows.

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The 400mm is enough to pull in some shots.

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The clarity is so much better than my Tamron 150-600mm, although the 600mm does get some really distant shots this won’t.

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Wildebeests from about 100 yards.

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The zoo worker was enjoying feeding the giraffe.

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Vervet monkeys through more dirty glass.

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More shots through the same dirty glass (a recurring theme).

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Camels – finally a non obstructed shot.

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In the bird section.

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An eagle taken through the netting (shown as well).

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With that the last train out of the zoo was leaving. This new lens is great, I am looking forward to sharing better shots on this blog.

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