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May 22, 2011 17:18 |  #976

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With respect, I would like to ask that forummers to keep to the thread subject - ZOO ANIMALS.

While it understandable to show off the images, I would suggest and encourage new threads be created for aquariums and subjects not in zoos.

This message is not intended to offend but to plead that the thread be kept relevant and an encouragement for those who wants to share their Zoo photography as well as for the positive understanding of treatment to animals in captivity.



You must not know a lot about zoos because that "aquarium" where I got the shots is smack dab inside Brookfield Zoo, making those "zoo shots". And the "aquarium" is actually not an aquarium, it's a salt-water habitat, dolphins don't live in aquariums, and the ones that do aren't being very well-taken care of, because they're not supposed to live in aquariums. It's also one of the biggest and best places for the care and well-being of dolphins, which are mammals, making them animals, which makes them "zoo animals". Brookfield Zoo has taken care of dolphins for 50 years, and they do it quite well.


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May 22, 2011 23:34 |  #977

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You must not know a lot about zoos because that "aquarium" where I got the shots is smack dab inside Brookfield Zoo, making those "zoo shots". And the "aquarium" is actually not an aquarium, it's a salt-water habitat, dolphins don't live in aquariums, and the ones that do aren't being very well-taken care of, because they're not supposed to live in aquariums. It's also one of the biggest and best places for the care and well-being of dolphins, which are mammals, making them animals, which makes them "zoo animals". Brookfield Zoo has taken care of dolphins for 50 years, and they do it quite well.

Regretfully I have never heard of Brookfield Zoo.
But then, I am no expert on Zoos. Never claimed or described myself as such. I just go by what I know of Zoos (and common understanding of what it means) that I have been all around the world and this is the first I have heard of a performing dolphins inside a Zoo. Glad to hear that the dolphins are well cared for.

So, presumably your Dolphins qualify for this thread but without your new input, I wonder how many on POTN members would have thought that the thread had been expanded to cover more than what the common definition of "Zoo".

I would like to ask whether if others had posted similar performing Dolphins and Killer Whales from different places that are commonly known as aquarium, could they be justifiably Zoos? Clearly these posters would have the justified argument that since Katodog has posted Dolphins, then why I cannot do the same from an aquarium?

I would submit that even if indeed your Zoo does categorise Dolphins as animals - it would help keep this thread on track and help it from becoming a mish mash of subjects having expanded out of control.

POSTSCRIPT - As I mentioned earlier, my comment was not meant as targeting any one specifically. If you look at the thread there was a growing number of posting from aquariums. I thought it was fine but the numbers are continually growing and I was compelled to put up the reminder when dolphins and dinosaurs (which has since been removed by the poster) was on the thread.


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May 22, 2011 23:37 as a reply to  @ Canonised's post |  #978

Photographed at Bronx Zoo.

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May 22, 2011 23:53 |  #979

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I know what some of you are thinking here, but I stood there for nearly 10 minutes, and the damn zebra refused to move!


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May 23, 2011 00:00 |  #980

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Singapore Zoo

Lannes, glad to see your set from our Zoo. Care to share your experience? Did you manage to visit all the enclosures you wanted to photograph? Which animals did you enjoy the most there? I would be interested to know your opinion on how they appear as compared to your local Zoo.

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May 23, 2011 00:01 |  #981

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Shot with a T2i and the 55-250 at an animal park

Love these shots Stang.


  
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May 23, 2011 18:25 |  #982

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That Zebra just wants to be a Unicorn that's all...let him dream.


You may be onto something!! :mrgreen: But it does not explain the stick coming out of his butt.


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May 23, 2011 18:37 |  #983

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You may be onto something!! :mrgreen: But it does not explain the stick coming out of his butt.


Wow you just won't want that Zebracorn to have ANY fun! :cry:




  
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May 24, 2011 08:51 |  #984

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Lannes, glad to see your set from our Zoo. Care to share your experience? Did you manage to visit all the enclosures you wanted to photograph? Which animals did you enjoy the most there? I would be interested to know your opinion on how they appear as compared to your local Zoo.

Cheers

Singapore Zoo would have to be the best zoo I have visited, all the enclosures were huge and well planned with many vantage points, the range of animals was very good but obviously because of the climate focused on tropical and rain forest animals.
The tropical settings was very nice and the facilities were great. It took about 3-4 hours to visit all the exhibits. In 2012 they will have a new river section where you can take a boat to view the animals in their normal river settings from a range of locations http://riversafari.com​.sg/ (external link). They even have a night safari where you can view the nocturnal species.http://www.nightsafari​.com.sg/ (external link).
What was surprising was that the animals were all very active even in the afternoon, in many of the zoo's I have been to, the animals tend to hibernate in the afternoon and hide.

I enjoyed the big cats and the elephants there is a lot of opportunities to interact with the larger animals like the elephants and Rhino, I missed the polar bears as their habitat was being rebuilt, if your looking for birds the Jurong Bird park is the place to go.

Bottom line it's a fantastic zoo and well worth the SGD 20 entry fee.


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May 25, 2011 12:18 |  #985

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Singapore Zoo would have to be the best zoo I have visited, all the enclosures were huge and well planned with many vantage points, the range of animals was very good but obviously because of the climate focused on tropical and rain forest animals.
The tropical settings was very nice and the facilities were great. It took about 3-4 hours to visit all the exhibits. In 2012 they will have a new river section where you can take a boat to view the animals in their normal river settings from a range of locations http://riversafari.com​.sg/ (external link). They even have a night safari where you can view the nocturnal species.http://www.nightsafari​.com.sg/ (external link).
What was surprising was that the animals were all very active even in the afternoon, in many of the zoo's I have been to, the animals tend to hibernate in the afternoon and hide.

I enjoyed the big cats and the elephants there is a lot of opportunities to interact with the larger animals like the elephants and Rhino, I missed the polar bears as their habitat was being rebuilt, if your looking for birds the Jurong Bird park is the place to go.

Bottom line it's a fantastic zoo and well worth the SGD 20 entry fee.

Thanks very much for the comments Lannes!
I like my zoo very much and as the animals there are both active and healthy, it compelled me to venture into Zoo photography some years ago. Admittedly it all started out as a try out in preparation of African Safari. Since then, I use the zoo as an excuse to get out and bring my camera out, stretch my legs and get some sun. I like visiting zoos of various cities when I travel to snap images of animals that are not found in my Zoo.

If there are Zoo shooters here who are visiting Singapore - do let me know by private email as I would be happy to show you around the Zoo. Gives me another excuse to go there! :-)

EDIT - Forgot to mention, in addition to the new river safari, there will be a new Panda exhibit opening at the Zoo as well. Expected to open at the same time or soon after the River Safari.

BTW - The Night Safari is really amazing to visit and must do - at least once.

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May 25, 2011 12:22 as a reply to  @ lannes's post |  #986

Went to the Denver Zoo this past Sunday. Haven't been to a zoo in decades, since I was a kid. I was taken aback by the lack of space given to some of these animals, thusly the 500mm f4 was a bit to much lens for this outing. Had a difficult time taking natural shots, as there was almost always a chain link fence in the background. At any rate, here are a few pics I managed to get without man made objects.

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Took these with the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park.

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Photographed at Bronx Zoo.

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