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Zoo Photographers' ContestZoo Photographers ContestZoo Photographers' Contest by DeniseSoden
Zoo Photographers aren't always given much credit. I often hear "Well, what's so hard about it? They're caged. It's not like they're going anywhere." or "Don't you feel like you're cheating?"
While I'll be the first to admit, I'd LOVE to shoot more wildlife, I don't have lions in my backyard and I don't have a plane ticket to Africa. And as a Zoo Educator, I can speak on behalf of zoos and that's EXACTLY why they're there. Everyday I teach about the importance of zoos. Truth be told, we'd love to put ourselves out of business - if endangered species in captivity were able to make a comeback and live untouched in the wild, that would be wonderful. But it's not that easy or simple and humans have made many of these animals suffer.
Zoos make it possible for people to see animals they'll else wise not know existed, and by providing a positive experience, will make the guest more likely to help in conservation issues around the world.
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