Photography 101: Zoos Can Be a Great Place to Practice


Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

Shooting animals at your local zoo can be great practice. I prefer shooting my critters in the field, in the jungles and on the savannahs of the world but that’s not always possible. I was born and raised in San Diego, CA which boasts one of the best zoos in the world and it lives up to its reputation. Unfortunately, entrance fees have gone through the roof in recent years: now $52 USD pp at the gate.

Many zoos, and especially the San Diego Zoo, have changed drastically (for the better) over my seventy years of going to them. Lots of folks have moral and ethical concerns about zoos and I get that but you might consider that zoos now help us to preserve and propagate endangered species. Two cases in point: The San Diego Zoo almost singlehandedly brought the majestic California Condor back from near…

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