ZOO seen a bit differently

Two years ago I visited the zoo in Dvůr Králové. This zoo has always been known as the only one with safari in the Czech Republic as part of it is available only by busses with open decks which are going among animals that are moving freely around. Some changes have been made lately regarding the safari to attract more visitors. There are cottages prepared for photographs who can rent them and I think that you can also enter the area in your own car now. Nevertheless, the safari is not that big and inhabited, it seems to me that a lot needs to be done yet. The zoo itself is quite big and you can either walk the whole length to the safari and back or you can use a “zoo train” for one way (or both).

We spent a few hours in the zoo and I enjoyed that time a lot. Surprisingly I took only a few photos of animals, I was rather intrigued by the atmosphere of the place and by many details. And well, unlike the animals, flowers and inanimate objects cooperated with me much better. Let’s have a look at some of them.

There is a large car park belonging to the zoo, I liked the view of it through the bars separating the zoo from the outside…

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There are buildings provided with appropriate air conditioning where you can see various kinds of flowers, birds and butterflies. It would be great to take a chair there, nestle down and enjoy it fully…

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Although people usually come to a zoo to see animals, there are also many interesting plants…

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…and many interesting objects…

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But of course, there are animals too, like this beauty…

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After all, you are in a zoo, aren’t you?

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16 Comments

    1. Red, zoos in the Czech Republic changed enormously in the last 20 years. A typical zoo I remember from my childhood was full of concrete, small cages and iron bars. Today zoos are full of flowers and plants, spacious runs, big water tanks. Animals live under much better conditions there and for people it’s a nice place to visit.

  1. Not too many people notice the foliage but it’s nice that you did. I’m sure that matters to animals in making them feel like they are in a natural habitat. Back in high school I took a course in zoo photography. It had useful tips like putting your lens against the glass to reduce reflection. I prefer animals in the wild, but it’s nice to have a way for urban people to get a taste of the wild and hopefully the will to protect open wild spaces too.

    1. Sarah, thanks. I like visiting zoos either with children or with a camera, there is always something interesting to be found. I believe that if the zoo is well kept and animals are given enough space and stimuli, they may well be satisfied there. A few tips might be of use in any area of photography, this one sounds good…

  2. I agree, I’d much rather view the plants and landscaping at the zoo, I always feel bad for the animals that they have been taken captive. YOU zeroed in on some gorgeous stuff!!

    1. Sondra, thanks. There are so many interesting things, flowers and plants in zoos, they make the atmosphere of the place… Nevertheless, I think that animals may be quite satisfied in a zoo if they live under satisfying conditions there. But well, it’s not like if they were living in their natural habitat…

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