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Scenes from the zoo

According to the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), over 600 million visitors pass through the gates of over 1,300 zoological parks, reserves and aquariums worldwide every year. Springtime brings many new animals to these parks as well, as newborns. Collected here are some photographs from zoos and aquariums around the world from the past couple of months. Don't forget that 2009 has been designated as the "year of the gorilla" by the United Nations. (37 photos total)

Elke, a five-day-old Francois Langur, makes her media debut at Taronga Zoo's Wildlife Hospital in Sydney, Australia on March 24, 2009. Taronga's keepers have decided to hand-raise the monkey after she was rejected by her mother. (REUTERS/Daniel Munoz)
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322 comments so far...

Really wonderful pictures

Posted by John April 17, 09 01:08 PM

Beautiful collection of pictures!
Hatz off to the photographers !

Posted by Neil April 17, 09 01:09 PM

Great pictures as always. I feel bad for the animals in the russian zoo caravan.

Posted by Whoismikejones25 April 17, 09 01:09 PM


Posted by Yang April 17, 09 01:10 PM

Orang-utans rule!

Posted by Ian Davies April 17, 09 01:16 PM

Awsome pics....

Posted by K April 17, 09 01:17 PM

Great pictures!!!

Kinda sad for the animals in the mobile zoo.

Posted by Kelvin April 17, 09 01:20 PM

Magnificent pictures of sad animals in cages...

Posted by Anonymous April 17, 09 01:20 PM

Such a great collection of pictures!

Posted by Gaurav S. April 17, 09 01:21 PM


Posted by kl April 17, 09 01:21 PM


Posted by Somesh April 17, 09 01:22 PM

PETA and other animal rights organizations get hammered all the time for being hysterical, but somebody has to care, and I'm glad somebody is trying. nice pictures.

Posted by alm April 17, 09 01:25 PM

Life is beautiful.
When I see all these animals (especially the baby's) I wonder what mankind would be without zoos. If you think about it, it's sad that man has to keep them in captivity in order to let people see it.
Thank you for these photos.


Posted by Thibauld April 17, 09 01:25 PM

It's funny to see that baby animals and their mothers are just as adorable as humans

Posted by tim April 17, 09 01:25 PM

with gorilla gone, will there be any hope for man?

Posted by ishmael April 17, 09 01:26 PM

thats sweet

Posted by heymy April 17, 09 01:27 PM

Stunning. Absolutely stunning!

Posted by Julie April 17, 09 01:31 PM

lol at the 32th... That guy is definitely living a comfy life, haha...

Posted by Jet April 17, 09 01:32 PM

Picture #34 is just heart-melting... Great collection!

Posted by Julien April 17, 09 01:34 PM

#11 is the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. Awesome photos, as usual!

Posted by MarkH April 17, 09 01:36 PM

fantastic series! made me feel all warm and, well, fuzzy.

Posted by Anonymous April 17, 09 01:40 PM

Superb! Awesome!
I hope this spreads more awareness of this cause and makes people think what our next generations will be missing.

Posted by Tanu April 17, 09 01:44 PM

I couldn't image living in a 8x10 cage, and the animals in the mobile zoo are two to three times my size. Very upsetting to see that this is entertainment for some people....

Posted by Show April 17, 09 01:47 PM

#33 shows the face that brothers everywhere make when kissed by their sisters.

Posted by Lisa April 17, 09 01:58 PM


Posted by francois April 17, 09 02:02 PM

Stunning collection! Thanks a lot!

Posted by F April 17, 09 02:04 PM

I love the pictures, really amazing.
I have such a soft spot for animals ...they are just great!!!!

Posted by Animal Lover April 17, 09 02:11 PM

#34 is so sweet! Those mobile zoo pics are terrible though.

Posted by Jennie April 17, 09 02:20 PM

How can anyone doubt that animals have the same feelings as us?

Posted by Dragonwebb April 17, 09 02:27 PM

They really are amazing! 10 / 10!

Posted by Remus April 17, 09 02:29 PM

The best of all over pictures!!

Posted by Anonymous April 17, 09 02:30 PM


Posted by mack April 17, 09 02:31 PM

Soo heart warming... :)

Posted by Keema April 17, 09 02:32 PM

The mobile zoo pics are truly disturbing. I hate seeing animals suffer. Those cages are so small it should be illegal to keep animals in such conditions. People think just because they can capture something it gives them a right to torture it. We are truly a sick society.

Posted by gingin April 17, 09 02:35 PM

when are we going to have the year of the zoo, or even international zoo regulations, I have travelled a lot and always visited zoos out of habit, where I come from the zoo is so adjusted to the animals you hardly get to see them, monkeys and tigers living together, along with mongooses and snakes, goats and hippos, gorrillas and peacocks. Those cages are inhumane, unanimal. These pictures should remind us of how other countries deal with animals. it is a deal for money and should not be allowed, it is disgusting the way the eastern block treats their animals. They will probably chalk it up to science when pressed, nonetheless, extremely depressing.

Posted by so1ange April 17, 09 02:39 PM

Lisa @ 24.. LOL! I thought the same thing.

Great pics, but for some reason #6 makes me sad. That panda just looks lonely and bored. But for all we know, from the front view he may be sleeping!

Posted by Sooz April 17, 09 02:47 PM

Great set, Alan. I appreciate the variety zoos you have included, as some are certainly more heartbreaking than others. These images give a lot of food for thought on our deeply varied and continually evolving relationships with the animal world.

Posted by Erika April 17, 09 02:59 PM

This is the best Big Picture EVER

Posted by Melly April 17, 09 03:04 PM

I'm sorry, but these pictures left me extremely depressed. Except for the penguin being released back into the sea. There's nothing heartening or feel-good about seeing these poor creatures in any type of enclosure - especially that Russian caravan zoo. I really hope that they will be rescued by a reputable organization.
I see sadness in most of the animals eyes...

Posted by Amy April 17, 09 03:14 PM


Posted by Ankur April 17, 09 03:18 PM

The primates are the best, no the tigers, no the the hippo, number 19, the look on that boys face says what I thought "Big teeth!" OK my fave really is number 33 the kissing bears, it's like getting your first kiss! awwww ~ Thanks Boston for more awesome pictures. I would never see it with out y'all sharing!

Posted by JudyD (Sumrall, Ms) April 17, 09 03:24 PM

Amazing collection as always... thank you!

Posted by Indeshaw Adenaw April 17, 09 03:29 PM

so cute!!!!!

Posted by katelyn collinns April 17, 09 03:41 PM

#34 - I need to find my Bill. :o)

Posted by Sher April 17, 09 03:45 PM

#14 haha lawl! ostriches are always funny looking

Posted by Martin April 17, 09 03:59 PM

Hope that in the future we will find those animals not only at Zoo or in pictures---- Ojalá que en el futuro encontremos estos animales no solamente en el zoológico y en fotos.

Posted by Mauricio Duque Arrubla April 17, 09 04:00 PM

Beautiful pictures, although the Caravan zoo is awful. My gratitude to organiztions like Four Paws!

Btw, picture # 8 is absolutely heart-warming, so beautiful. They are smiling and happy.

Posted by Carmen April 17, 09 04:01 PM

best ever!

Posted by jessica April 17, 09 04:05 PM


Posted by laurenz April 17, 09 04:20 PM

As someone who loves animals I've always been torn on the issue of zoos. Although it isn't natural to keep animals in any kind of enclosure as someone previously mentioned, it is sometimes the only way to protect them from humans. Some zoos are amazing and have very high ethical standards. The mission of a zoo can often be similar to a rehabilitation center. Unfortunately there are still some zoos that are downright cruel, shameful and obviously care more about making a profit than helping animals.

Think there are no "mobile zoos" in the US? One came to a mall in my hometown a couple years ago. They had tigers trapped in tiny cages in the middle of the mall and were offering visitors 10 minutes of "playtime" with the cubs for $20! The animals looked sad and exhausted. I did some research and found out that this is a traveling group who have past citations for poor living environments and mishandling animals. Look out for mobile zoos...they exist outside of Russia.

Posted by L April 17, 09 04:28 PM

The pics are truly staggering! And beautiful, and sad, and heart-warming. I have visited several of the zoos mentioned, none better than Taronga in Sydney, with San Diego a close second. Without the zoos many species would now be extinct. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Maureen P. April 17, 09 04:49 PM

I would hate to be the bear in 16. :(

Posted by Karen April 17, 09 05:02 PM

Great photographs but sad to see caged animal. We shouldn't have them this way. A way to stop this is not visiting them.

No more zoos!

Posted by Spanish Steps April 17, 09 05:07 PM

some animals with high self-consciousness don't belong in a zoo
Some animals only get neurosis if they are kept in captivity (how big there garden/place also may be)

Posted by Lies April 17, 09 05:11 PM

Great photos some bad a lot good . I am vegeterain past 30 years so my love for all animals on this planet makes me a better person inside .I feel good i dont eat my friends.

Posted by tommy clooney April 17, 09 05:43 PM

Superb pictures! I simply can't say that I like one more than the others. It's refreshing to see such nice pictures. At least for a few moments you can get away from the everyday problems.


Posted by Andrei April 17, 09 05:52 PM

zoo's are horrible. how would you like to spend your life in a five by seven cage?

Posted by Bob April 17, 09 06:25 PM

wow, so cute!

Posted by Aimie April 17, 09 06:30 PM

Wow...what can I beautiful !!!

Posted by kukunaokala April 17, 09 07:06 PM

#33 was pretty funny, most of the others was just sad.

Posted by Jonas April 17, 09 07:11 PM

#35 is great. The artic fox discovers his own space at last, turning his eyes into surprise and hope

Posted by JS April 17, 09 07:14 PM

those are wonderful pictures, sorry for all that animals in captivity, but beautiful anyway.

Posted by Victoria April 17, 09 07:20 PM

The alternative to zoos, unfortunately, in most of the underdeveloped parts of the world where the majority if these animals reside is death. These animals are being killed out in the wild by hunters or the damage we've done to the world. The traveling zoo looks bad but there is a bright side. It may travel to places where are youth may not get to see such animals up close. It could lead to inspiration and preservation.

Posted by Alex April 17, 09 07:24 PM

Os animais sempre nos fascinam pela sua beleza e nós estamos sempre curiosos para conhecê-los melhor. Vejam na foto 21 mamãe gorila externando o seu amor pelo filhote recém nascido. Vejam na foto 25 o imponente e belo tigre (que me empresta o meu sobrenome).

Posted by M. Tigre April 17, 09 07:36 PM

Beautiful and sad.... the expressions of some animals are almost human

Posted by Jimmy April 17, 09 07:52 PM

Wonderful pictures!!.. I just loved them all!

Posted by Kim April 17, 09 07:55 PM

When you see these animals, you see true beauty.

Posted by babs April 17, 09 07:57 PM

Some are sad, some are funny, and the rest are all CUTE!!!

Posted by Steve April 17, 09 08:12 PM

Lol #6 Looks like the backside of the panda on Kung Fu Panda

Posted by Steve April 17, 09 08:15 PM

You have to feel so much sorrow for those animals in the mobile zoo, how do we let bastards like these keep animals in conditions such as those?.

Posted by Michael April 17, 09 08:20 PM

the little elephant at he end was the cutest little thing EVER!!!! =D

Posted by luna April 17, 09 08:21 PM

wow... some of them super cute

Posted by danny April 17, 09 08:23 PM

these pictures are so wonderful ! I love it !!!

Posted by Fred April 17, 09 08:26 PM

However ..., at least at the zoo human can keep animals's ok ..IMO, better than let them vanish because of human predators in the wild......

Very stunning

Posted by kajinzii April 17, 09 08:35 PM

They are really cute - can't wait to show them to my grandkids. Thanks for sharing always.

Posted by Sarojini Raj April 17, 09 08:40 PM

hermosas fotos!

Posted by Estrella April 17, 09 08:49 PM


Posted by Mark April 17, 09 09:03 PM

#13 -- Moarr!!

Posted by Invader Xan April 17, 09 09:17 PM

Wow... Awesome, and absolute beauty! Thank You, several times over. Nature at its best, even the dangerours animals are a beauty of a premium I would find hard to emulate through other pictures regarding life and our kindred natures...

Posted by Russ Otter April 17, 09 09:19 PM

Thank U for the BIG PICTURES !

Posted by Kumar April 17, 09 09:26 PM

61. Is there anything as sweet as a monkey clinging to it's mother?

Posted by Carolyn April 17, 09 09:40 PM

To what purpose were the Soviet traveling zoo photos included with the
"adorable" animal pics? Maybe this is your way of being a mini-PETA
for our consciousness but suffering animals, wild or not, make me
nauseous and it is a mental sledge-hammer blow that I can do *nothing*
to help the animals in your photos.
Good followup for you would be fun pics of waterboarding.
My grandkids are not gonna see these....I can see them now asking me
which animals are alive and which are dead. sorry i even looked at this.

Posted by G.Waters April 17, 09 10:12 PM

Great collection here, absolutely wonderful.

Posted by Jeremy Mouton April 17, 09 10:55 PM

sat with my 2 kids and check out all the beautful pictures .Hats off to everyone of the photographers, K.ids love them all,and so did I

Posted by Rick Ebert April 17, 09 11:00 PM

These are precious. I "awww"-ed at nearly every picture.
great work.

Posted by Callie P April 17, 09 11:34 PM

Is there anyway we can help the animals in the Russian zoo?

Posted by Susan April 17, 09 11:45 PM

There sooooooooooooooooooooo CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous April 18, 09 12:02 AM

As always, fantastic pictures.

Posted by Anonymous April 18, 09 12:17 AM

These are wonderful pictures of these magnificent creatures! thankyou!

Posted by tina foxx April 18, 09 12:56 AM

Great pictures!!!!

Posted by vikraman April 18, 09 01:11 AM

Guantanamo for animals ?
(photos 15/16, russian zoo)

Posted by Uatio April 18, 09 01:20 AM

Beautiful photos of beautiful animals. THANK YOU never fail to impress!!

Posted by AN April 18, 09 01:46 AM

oh its so cute and informational

Posted by Anthony pittarelli April 18, 09 02:06 AM

Thank you............

Posted by Ponce April 18, 09 03:11 AM

love these. such a great blog!!

Posted by stacey April 18, 09 03:53 AM

lots of new non-human animal prisoners :( makes one really sad

Posted by tl April 18, 09 04:28 AM

Thanks a lot

Posted by amir April 18, 09 04:37 AM


Posted by ANAB April 18, 09 04:49 AM

Pictures are great, but once again this proves to me that ZOO's and circus-things are not the way it should be like. I mean, take a longer look at every picture and you can see these animals don't belong there. You can tell just by the way they behave, by the expressions on their faces.
Yay, mankind really knows what they're doing...

Posted by D. van den Hoek April 18, 09 04:53 AM

really nice pics

Posted by prakash shrestha April 18, 09 05:28 AM

Magnificent animals! Great pictures, especially 11! I'm glad there's a photo from Belgrade ZOO, one of my favorite places in the city.

Posted by Nikola April 18, 09 06:16 AM

The baby of any species is damn cute! ('cept maybe insect larvae.. :-P )

Posted by Mart April 18, 09 06:38 AM

Superbes images
Je suis très heureux d'avoir découvert votre site

Posted by Bonnard Maurice April 18, 09 06:48 AM

to #12,

PETA gets hammered because they are hypocritical. They kill virtually every animal they touch.

Posted by Matt April 18, 09 06:51 AM

Reer to PIC 12 & 13
Zhang Jie and Zhongni, the two six-week-old North Chinese Leopards died last night. Why they past is not yet know said a Hagenbecks spokesmen.
SAD :-(

Posted by Olaf April 18, 09 07:00 AM

one word: superb

Posted by awsome April 18, 09 07:04 AM

These are wonderful pictures...Wonderful animals...The work that the zoos do all over the world to preserve what mankind has destroyed is incredible.

Posted by Melanie April 18, 09 07:12 AM

wow, very nice pics

Posted by nate grhm April 18, 09 07:17 AM

i hope the animals are as happy as they seem.

Posted by mavis April 18, 09 07:51 AM

I agree that the pictures of the caged animals are disturbing, we cannot keep our heads in the sand. Everyone should be made aware of the horrible conditions some animals are still surviving in. Yes, there are ways that everyone can help, money, letter writing, etc. The woman who would not let her grandchildren see these pics should think again. One of her grandchildren might actually have a solution for the problem, if not now, in the future.

Posted by Eva Byard April 18, 09 07:56 AM

Totally Beautiful Pictures! Photos captures so much!

Posted by Bob Roberts April 18, 09 08:09 AM

SO CUTE!!!!!
especialy the baby leapord next 2 the camras!

Posted by isabella April 18, 09 08:21 AM


Posted by ed92798 April 18, 09 08:49 AM

Remarkable shots. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by She` April 18, 09 08:56 AM

Oh my gosh, they are so cute!

Posted by neely April 18, 09 09:33 AM

It's the 21st century, Zoos should not exist, those animals should be free and hunting them and capturing should be ilegal

Posted by Luis April 18, 09 09:34 AM

Oh my that is SOOOO ADORABLE !!!!

Posted by Phia April 18, 09 09:58 AM

Enjoyed the whole thing, except for the traveling zoo, that was awful

Posted by Patty April 18, 09 10:08 AM

These animals are absolutly beautiful!!!!!! :)

Posted by Mary-Ann April 18, 09 10:22 AM

Cool picture, I wish I could share them with my friends

Posted by Adam Tarmizi April 18, 09 10:25 AM

#33 Malaysian or Melayu dialect, not Malayan.

Posted by Borneo WildLife Zoom April 18, 09 10:28 AM

the baby penguin is so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SEHRIDAN April 18, 09 10:44 AM

this is great, thank you

Posted by C5Misanth April 18, 09 11:01 AM

Oh My gosh these are sooooooo adorable i loved them so much!!! But the one with the bear squeezing out of the cage looks like he is dead and the cage closed on him. LOL

Posted by Jenny April 18, 09 11:12 AM

What a shame to imprison such beautiful animals. Pretty pictures, though.

Posted by Anneli April 18, 09 12:02 PM


Posted by haley April 18, 09 12:05 PM

i am a memberof the aspca and the humane society and PETA.i can honestly say that China has appaling conditions for animals . Russia is not much better. my heart breaks when I look at the pictures of those animals that are in cages. Especially the bear getting his head stuck.In Pakistan they remove a baby bear cubs teeth ,tether him and allow hungry dogs to viciously attack in him in the public square as a sport. i have seen this first hand and it is truly disturbing to the point that you want to do this to the people who have done this to these poor babies. pictures are great but we need to step up and take action against cruelty.

Posted by karen April 18, 09 12:07 PM

this animals are so adoribal i wish i owed one myself expecialy the first baby monkey.

Posted by lindsey April 18, 09 12:16 PM

#32 holding the sake bowl and cloth on his head should read

Posted by ASHLEY Y. - CLEVELAND, OHIO April 18, 09 12:21 PM

Fantastic photos!! Here is one I took at the Alaska Zoo. One of our wolf pack.

Posted by Mike Criss April 18, 09 12:21 PM

i am laughing to death.
the seal with facecloth on his head was so cute!!!!

Posted by Nursyawalina Sulong April 18, 09 12:21 PM

Those were beautiful pictures of nature coming to life , great job

Posted by a john April 18, 09 12:24 PM

AWWWWWWWW they are so adorable...

Posted by Melanie April 18, 09 12:36 PM

muchas gracias !!!! es increible...... vivo en denver co. estoy impactada ,magnificas fotos! una vez mas MIS FELICITACIONES.

Posted by M.Pilar Cabeza April 18, 09 12:38 PM

Absolutely beautiful & adorable pictures!!! I especially love the panda, polar bear, & northern leopard pictures. We have to do more to save them from extinction & to keep the animals plentiful & diverse. Bring your children to the zoo and teach them that animals of all sizes are precious. Advocate for zoology programs at your kids schools. Pass the word!!

Posted by Jimmy April 18, 09 12:48 PM

these pictures are truly amazing. some are sad but others are cute and heart warming. these pictures encourage me to keep up my dream of being a zoologist.

and i would just like to say i agree with comment 50. i love animals with all of my heart and some zoos are doing a wonderful job of keeping the animals safe, healthy, and happy. but there are some zoos that are horrible and need fixing, i also hate the mobile zoos, it is animal abuse, it should become illegal.

Posted by Claire April 18, 09 12:48 PM

these are some of the most adorable and recent animal pictures i have seen
aww :)

Posted by maddy April 18, 09 12:57 PM


Posted by GTVYFTC April 18, 09 01:08 PM

These pictures are a truly wonderful experence! Thank You.

Posted by L. Mitchell-Shunk April 18, 09 01:27 PM

These pictures r amazing, we felt very happy to see all new born baby animals, these r the adorable pictures of the nature. how lucky we r to see these new born animal babies.

Posted by Aashrit April 18, 09 01:31 PM

I agree Amy. Let these animals go. How will we ever learn anything about WILD animals if we are observing them in CAPTIVITY! We won't. Poor things.

Posted by Jenn April 18, 09 01:35 PM

OMG IT IIS SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by Anonymous April 18, 09 01:38 PM


Posted by UNKNOWN April 18, 09 01:42 PM

i love the pics i do feel srry there in the zoo but still there safer than they would be in the wild. te tigers and other animals can be both pry and predator people dont understand that they should be safe untill theyre old enough to survive in the wild thanks for reading my comment

Posted by Hannah April 18, 09 01:43 PM

I love all the adorable animal pics

Posted by Madi April 18, 09 01:44 PM

those pics r LOL! cute animal pics ever!

Posted by rimsha tarique April 18, 09 01:54 PM

I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo CUTE!!!!!

Posted by natalie April 18, 09 02:08 PM

pic #4. That's an elephant skin. Hippo skins are not smooth either but not cracked or wrinkled like this.
if demography was kept under control, there would be less pressure on animals and less zoos in turn.

great theme as usual

Posted by ben wilhelmi April 18, 09 02:23 PM

Although I agree that zoos can be horrible, some of the animals in these photos seem to be cared for. If that little guy in the first photo wasn't cared for by a zoo he wouldn't last long. The kangaroo in the incubator would have been caught by a predator in minutes, or just died without his mother. The leopard in photo 13 looks scared though. That many photographers clamouring around must be upsetting her. That elephant in the tiny cage makes a sad picture too. Actually most of the animals look depressed but at least animals like that kangaroo were given an opportunity at life. I just hope that if the kangaroo survives he doesn't have to do stupid tricks to amuse humans like the seal in photo 32 has to.

Posted by Billy April 18, 09 02:37 PM

really good pics.!I loved^^

Posted by Carol April 18, 09 03:24 PM

These are brilliant photos and certainly make the viewer think about the relevance of zoos. There should be international standards for zoos and mobile zoos like those pictured should be banned. I visit the zoo and tiger sanctuary on the Isle of Wight regularly and believe they are proud of their standards of care. I have a number of pictures of some of the tigers and other creatures at the bottom of my gallery - I'm not an expert photographer by any stretch of the imagination but am getting better (I have MS and an unsteady hand sometimes!)

Posted by Jenny Harrod April 18, 09 03:41 PM

these picture are grogeous!!! i love them!

Posted by Ali April 18, 09 03:53 PM

All of them are cute but it is still kind of sad!!!

Posted by natshel April 18, 09 04:06 PM

the two leopards died recently... soo sad!

Posted by kriz April 18, 09 04:08 PM

THEY ARE ALL SOOOO CUTE!!!! especialy the penguin, giraffe, elephant, and the bear cubs!!!

Posted by sara April 18, 09 05:07 PM

heart warming and wrenching at the same time.

the arctic fox in picture 35 looks so terrified, such vivid display of an emotion i would feel if i was boxed up as him.

what have we humans done to our planet...... i guess i should be content (for now) with the fact that we are aware of the damage done and are taking steps to fix the problem.

Posted by shalini priyadarshini April 18, 09 05:56 PM

i loved all these pictures. Its so hard to see them in cages. God's creation is beautiful!!!!

Posted by sammieanne April 18, 09 06:38 PM

What's with all this whining drivel about poor sweet animals and intolerably cruel humans? Many of these animals would rip you open or break your neck and leave you dying with no second thought. None of them are "sad." They have no clue what "sad" might mean, and never will. You only think they're "sad" or "cute" or "pitiful" because YOU are human, and thus YOU care about such things. I am for treating animals with reasonable care, but come on: We're human, they're just animals, and there's a big difference. We only have zoos and pets and love animal pictures because we are human and we care about them. They don't give a rip about us. That's why there's PETA, but there'll never be AETP.

Posted by Alan K Hunt April 18, 09 06:54 PM

Those pictures were cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous April 18, 09 07:02 PM


Posted by JENNY April 18, 09 07:08 PM

not very fair to include pictures of a zoo kept by illegal immigrants without visas as the ony pictures of zoo in russia... i see here a propaganda against Russia again.. those people DO NOT BELONG to Russia, they are prosecuted there, and this is not right to say it is a russian zoo... i have seen there a lot of very nice zoo's...
just as a note for those people who are told the incorrect information

Posted by jewel April 18, 09 07:09 PM


Posted by MICHELLE April 18, 09 07:22 PM

# 158 - Great point. Animals make no emotional connections. Dogs and cats do not get attached to certain people. Dogs don't like playing fetch and cats don't like laying in people's laps. Would you tell a firefighter or blind person or officers with drug sniffing dogs or people with watchdogs that they're "just animals?" (Not to their face you wouldn't).
You say that we're humans and they're "just animals" - that's why we take care of them. We're smart enough to know we should take care of animals that have lost their habitats (human expansion, weather changes, etc.)
And are there no humans that would break YOUR neck and leave you dying without a second thought?
Go look at picture #15. The lion and tiger were taken from their homes due to human interference and have been left in squalor. That's what people are complaining about. (And your post is much closer to drivel than anyone else's).
Do you think it's a bad thing that people devote their lives to caring for animals?
Finally, what's the point of leaving a hysterical screed on a blog post about pictures of animals? These animals are very adorable - even the big brown bear that would eat my family. I can't believe you're criticizing people for being humans and caring about animals.

Posted by Kurt April 18, 09 08:42 PM

Wonderful world of animals

Posted by Vince April 18, 09 08:58 PM

we loved the photos thankyou

Posted by hailie April 18, 09 09:20 PM

I do not believe in zoos the pictures from the traveling zoo in Russia broke my heart, those beautiful animals have no life I cried when I saw the condition of those cages and the poor bear with his head stuck. They should put those people in those cages and throw food at them those people are heartless if
they see nothing wrong with keeping those beautiful animals in those conditions.

Posted by Donna April 18, 09 10:55 PM

Thanks Big Picture. It connects us, humans, metastatic beings, to the planet which we gnaw to destroy.

Posted by Selcuk Askin April 18, 09 11:22 PM

Thank you, zoos' are wonderful places when done right. Zoos are now
cooperating around the world to protect and keep track of endangered animals.
There is a register of breeding animals and breeding materials are shipped around the world to enable the healthy survival of rare animals. Next time at the zoo, find a zookeeper and talk with them about what they do. The zoo may be a kind of "ark" until the world is a little more sensible. Thanks for the pictures.

Posted by dennis_walker April 19, 09 12:06 AM

oh my goodness its sooo adorable this is what i want to do when i grow up be a photographer!!!!!!!!!!!! amazing!!!!!!!!!! :)

Posted by jessilica April 19, 09 02:24 AM

Great pictures! I congratulate and praise the photographers who capture such beautiful moments.

Posted by Raquel April 19, 09 03:07 AM

love them all......
great mother-child collection...........

Posted by eden April 19, 09 03:21 AM

"Zhang Jie and Zhongni, two six-week-old North Chinese Leopards "...

are dead now

Posted by Marc April 19, 09 04:28 AM

breathe taking!!!

Posted by hunter April 19, 09 08:14 AM

Wow!! Those photos are amazing. I certainly hope none of those animals die in the near future!!

Posted by anwar thomas April 19, 09 09:56 AM

Where is the Franklin Park Zoo?

Posted by joe white April 19, 09 10:36 AM

Poor animals.... People must stop exposing animals in the zoo! Even you're taking good care about it, it is still not free. Everybody who came on this Earth was born free and should be free.

Posted by I love animals April 19, 09 10:39 AM

I thought all of the pictures were great very real The photograher did a very good job.

Posted by Kathie Fraley April 19, 09 10:49 AM

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww they're all sooooooooooooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous April 19, 09 11:07 AM


Posted by KAILASH NANKANI April 19, 09 11:25 AM

very very nice photos

Posted by majith April 19, 09 12:17 PM

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww no matter small or big they're all cute

Posted by Kate April 19, 09 12:33 PM

I love the Giant panda pic.!

Posted by Vivian April 19, 09 12:52 PM

Is there anything that can be done to help the animals in the Russia Travel Zoo. Now that you have put up these pictures you need to take the responsibility of contacting help for them. I thought your other pictures were wonderful. However, I am very concerned with the situation the Russian animals are living in.

Posted by Kathy T April 19, 09 01:23 PM

Thank you Kurt. You said what I was trying to figure out what to say the entire time I was looking at comments. Alan sounds like a heartless idiot. I love the pictures and I love my animals, They love me in return ten fold. I took the photos of the American mobile zoo keepers to show us that we need to stand up to that kind of treatment. I hope they lose the animals and they are all placed in good zoos to live out the rest of their lives. This was not an attack on Russia, it states clearly that the owners were American. My thanks to the locals that donated food. Excellent job on the photography and if possible let us know how the mobile zoo animals faired.

Posted by Kim April 19, 09 01:49 PM

What can be done to help the animals left in Russia by the Armenian travelling zoo people? What can be done to stop this form of extreme cruelty to animals? Why would Russian authorities run the zoo keepers out of town and then not step in to care for the animals immediately? We are happy to look at the pretty pictures of animals for our amusement but not ready to fully understand our role in the welfare of animals. My intuition is that this is why these shocking photos were included amongst the "cute" photos.

Posted by Kate April 19, 09 05:26 PM

aaaah What a pleasurable viewing. Thank you

Posted by nina kallen April 19, 09 05:56 PM

The animals are beautiful, their dwellings are not. Isn't it time to remove them all back to where they are able to be free, or, if unable to do that, a free-roaming habitant. I saw the bear habitant in Bern, and to this day, cannot get it out of my mind! The bears live in a pit well below the street level. Is that humane?

Posted by Charlotte Massik April 19, 09 06:16 PM

Regardless of my opinion about the use or need of certain zoos, these are very beautiful pictures.

15 and 16 are terribly heartbreakening though. I love animals and enjoy going to zoos and aquariums where they're in good hands, but 9 of 10 zoos are more prisons (the worst kind of prisons) than parks.

Posted by guayec April 19, 09 07:00 PM

Humans are the worst of the species.

How can we enjoy when animals are not in their natural surroundings & caged for our entertainment?

Wouldn't the animals be better off in their habitat?

Posted by Kalpesh April 19, 09 07:07 PM

what the f*#k is wrong with saying they're adorable - in 90% of shots I see just sadness in those eyes
I'm totally going with Linus saying: It's the 21st century, Zoos should not exist, those animals should be free and hunting them and capturing should be ilegal
f*#k parents with kids who support this institutions for the "cute" factor, animals belong to nature and wilderness

Posted by Miq April 19, 09 07:45 PM

Woah. Look at those Nikon dslrs.

Posted by Dj April 19, 09 09:12 PM

So sad. So many viewers are naive and unaware.

Posted by cyn April 19, 09 09:16 PM

It's so sad to see the conditions under which some of these animals are kept :( (esp. 15-16).

Posted by Zee April 19, 09 11:18 PM

People see a cage and hear the word captivity, paired with big, large animals eyes and immediately think BAD BAD BAD BAD BAD. It's cruel, it's wrong, the animals don't want to be there. They should be in their natural habitat. I'm sorry....What natural habitat? So many species are in captivity for a reason- there's no where else for them to live. They're disappearing because their habitats are disappearing. So you know what? Thank god we have zoos. I'm not going to say they're all great and up to standards, but the fact that there are places for these poor animals to live where they have constant medical care, proper nutrition, and experts working every day to try to repopulate a dying species. Rawr.

Posted by Ginseng April 19, 09 11:25 PM

Picture #13 was the cutest in my opinion. It reminded me of The Lion King (I know it's not a lion, but still) when Simba is trying to get the Hyenas to let him go.

Posted by Georgebob April 19, 09 11:50 PM

my favourite program TV is documentary about animals and nature

Posted by francois NG April 20, 09 12:10 AM

Made my day... Thank u.

Posted by David Greiman April 20, 09 02:15 AM

I don't think it's possible to accurately say "zoos are good" or "zoos are bad". For every San Diego, there's a traveling zoo with horrific conditions. For eve

Posted by Anonymous April 20, 09 03:05 AM

#158: I guess you're just an ignorant caveman, but we know so much more about animals, we know they have emotions and feelings. Some of our closest evolutionary cousins like chimpanzees even have primitive ethical and moral systems. You need to update yourself with recent research info.

The Cow that Cried

Posted by TVS April 20, 09 03:17 AM

#11 & #13 are really cute pics

Posted by Anonymous April 20, 09 03:49 AM

Picture #16 is heart-breaking. I feel so sad that an animal has to live in a 4 square meters cell for their entire life just to satisfy the curiosity of human being who want to see them.
To people (like #194) who defend zoos saying that this is a place where the animal get food and mediacal care, it's a matter of choosing which life is best living : locked in jail or running wild, with the risks this generates. But when you see how many animals starve themselves to death living in captivity, you'd realize that we are actually making them SUFFER, and they prefer death over this poor copy of a life they get in a zoo.

Posted by V-Turn April 20, 09 03:52 AM

The dolphin looks kind of sad. But the little chimp seems pretty happy.

Posted by Zyb April 20, 09 03:58 AM

Fabulous photos but like many readers, I am concerned about the 30 unlucky circus refugees in Siberia. What was the outcome for them? Their quarters are appalling and this story is the perfect ammunition for organizations like PETA. That they are subsisting on the charity of locals after their brutal existence with the circus proves that however bad a situation, it can always get worse. How about a follow up on what belated actions were taken by the Russian government? And how did it not occur to anyone that these animals would require care after their owners were deported?

Posted by Jackie M. April 20, 09 04:21 AM

This is too cool, I helped with the Burrowing Owl relocation, it is wonderful to see it included here. I just went to the Phoenix Zoo for the first time (first time at a zoo since about 25 years ago lol) today, it was an eye opening experience.
Hope everyone enjoys the photos enough to do what they can to help our wildlife on this planet.
;) CK

Posted by Karlie April 20, 09 04:44 AM

The two polar bears hugging is very moving. Its as if they are saying to each other
"At last one of my own kind"

Posted by john tyler April 20, 09 06:28 AM

Our good Family, thanks Globolisius...

Posted by michael April 20, 09 07:11 AM

Pic 34 gives me some hope for love.

Posted by CP April 20, 09 08:45 AM

Some nice pics, Definitely sending to my wife! She loves the giraffes!

Posted by Stephen Ackart April 20, 09 10:40 AM

zoos are not prisons. Some are better some are worse. For a herd animal or a grazing animal they are probably more content in a good zoo than they are in the wild. Many carnivors seem trapped in zoos and its not so simple to gauge their contentment... I would say that a zoo is a good life comparitievly for a male lion, but worse for a female lion.

I've never seen a bear in a zoo that looked content... maybe that's true of all animals who search for their food rather than graze or hunt...

Posted by zume April 20, 09 10:55 AM

Well I guess one more comment for #158--you heartless a-hole. To say that animals don't feel is just ignorant and plain stupid. Because they can't verbally communicate like we can doesn't mean they don't feel. Unfortunately, there are times we need to intervene for their survivial. You've certainly given an insight into the kind of person you are--pretty non-emotional and somewhat cold. What a sad existence.

Posted by Sandy April 20, 09 11:45 AM

@ 176 "Poor animals.... People must stop exposing animals in the zoo! Even you're taking good care about it, it is still not free. Everybody who came on this Earth was born free and should be free."

Go read the argument in Life of Pi (towards the beginning) as to why keeping animals in zoos is not "taking away their freedom", then come here and make arguments based on logic, not on emotional appeal.

Posted by Andrew April 20, 09 12:01 PM

Fotos maravilhosas, impregnadas de sentimentos que os 'ditos ' humanos devem cultivar dentro de si e para os seus.

Posted by fatima fialho April 20, 09 12:15 PM

Èçóìèòåëüíî! AMAZING!

Posted by Noka April 20, 09 12:49 PM

supers photos!!!

Posted by poiu April 20, 09 01:18 PM

Zoos are prisons for the innocent animals. Shut them down and release the prisoners and the workers can find something productive to do such as teach or help wounded animals. This is barbarism.

Posted by dr. doolittle April 20, 09 01:20 PM

I vote for a baby ducky themed big picture.

Posted by OZo April 20, 09 01:25 PM

meravigliose in particolare la 21

Posted by titti April 20, 09 04:05 PM

I agree with 149, the leopard does look scared. I disagree with the fact that the photographers are gathering around the poor animal. If you are taking a picture, you should at least respect the animal's space. Back off, people!!!

Posted by Julie April 20, 09 04:58 PM

Magnificent photos!

Posted by AussiePaul April 20, 09 06:41 PM

The captions for photos #29 and #30 employ the possessive "it's" when they should just be "its."

Posted by Thomas Irvin April 20, 09 11:37 PM

In photo 15 and 16 I was expecting to see some of those official also.

Posted by Pranav April 21, 09 12:14 AM

These photos make me sad. All these beautiful animals who can never live free in their natural habitat.

Posted by Mike April 21, 09 01:07 AM

This is so sad, animals should be free, however I suppose this is the way the world is going, man is so selfish that he has to take away natural habitat and imprison nature. It will be an incredibly sad day when you will only be able to see these beautiful creatures in these disgusting prisons.

Posted by Justin April 21, 09 02:35 AM

Anthropocentrism...look it up kids (i hope your kids) and change this world gone efficient.

Posted by George Khoury April 21, 09 06:55 AM

these are cool

Posted by nikki April 21, 09 09:46 AM

sería más lindo verlos en libertad

Posted by pepe April 21, 09 10:40 AM

Baikal Seal is the best

Posted by w April 21, 09 12:52 PM

you are an idiot if you think a zoo or wildlife park is a prison for an endangered animal. would you prefer for them to be hunted, starved, or pushed off their land, because that's the reality. animals like big cats and others can often only make a comeback as a species through protective care.

Posted by Mike April 21, 09 07:04 PM

Which one would you pick? Come on people if these animals could only speak I think they would be saying "what gives you the right to rule how we live?" 'PLEASE JUST LEAVE US ALONE" Lets find it in our hearts to not let it be about the money all the time. We need to stand up for these beautiful helpless creatures, only we together can make the difference. Animals cant speak so please let us do it for them, they need us NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!HELP!! Thank you.

Posted by Anonymous April 21, 09 08:24 PM

hermosas fotografias :)

Posted by Karla Yacila April 22, 09 09:11 AM

Zoos suck. An animal nightmare. Fools.

Posted by jochem April 22, 09 10:20 AM

Great pictures but the animals would be better free!

Posted by Josh M April 22, 09 11:09 AM

Good pictures they show the side of animals that are usally looked over and it brings to mind the endangered animals that need special care.

Posted by Matthew April 22, 09 11:12 AM

The first pic is the CUTTEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Matt H April 22, 09 11:12 AM

I think it is a geat collection of pictures it shows what some animals go through in zoos and how they are treated it show s the true beauty of the wild animals

Posted by kara April 22, 09 11:12 AM

love the polar bares huging ^.^

Posted by someguy April 22, 09 11:14 AM

The pictures are so awsome because i liked the way the animals have facial expressions

Posted by Martin Mena April 22, 09 11:14 AM

the polar bear was the best

Posted by Luis April 22, 09 11:14 AM

I found the pictures to be very entertaining

Posted by Colby April 22, 09 11:15 AM

These we're awesome because I liked them very much.

Posted by Ismael Velasquez April 22, 09 11:15 AM

Me parecen hermosísimas, si los animales alcanzan esa ternura, los humanos podemos hacerlo más aún con todos nuestros sere queridos..

Posted by Francia April 22, 09 12:42 PM

Yes, let the animals go and give them their freedom - their freedom to go extinct.

If you think that zoos are only bad and have absolutely no value - you really have no clue. Zoos are essential for preserving breeding populations of many endangered species. Grow up and stop being so naive.

Posted by Woesinger April 22, 09 12:52 PM

Sometimes animals have more love for their young than humans, which we can see from these photos. Keeping an animal captive is so sad , but many of them would never make it on their own out there. Lets learn from these animals about love! Its so obvoius if an animal can show such love for each other we humans can too. Its called compassion for each other and your neighbor and fellow man! Have a good day brothers and sisters of the human race

Posted by linda April 22, 09 06:30 PM

I never imagined a hippopotamus teeth like that.(Picture 19)

Posted by Miranda Miller age 10 April 22, 09 06:45 PM

STUPID CAPTIVITYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS MEAN!!!!!!!

Posted by I.hate.animal.captivity April 22, 09 07:13 PM

Soooooooooooooooooooo Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute~~

Posted by duoduo April 22, 09 10:24 PM

freddom for all animals. jail for hunters. put Men in the zoo to. I would like to see tham

Mario Rocha

Posted by mario rocha April 23, 09 12:16 AM

Disturbing, but great photos!...ARF ARF

Posted by Lou The Dog April 23, 09 01:30 AM

Pic 16th. Please tell me, something was done for the animals of that zoo...Very sad to see them in that state.

Posted by AnimalLover April 23, 09 03:15 AM

its lovely...keep up the work

Posted by puneeth April 23, 09 07:34 AM

To Alan (Post #158), you might want to consider that humans are nothing more than another form of animal on this planet.
And animals certainly DO feel sadness. Maybe not in "human" terms, but they do none the less.
I have raised raccoons, foxes, crows, squirrels, hawks, and more that "humans" caused their problems by shooting their mothers or running over them with our fancy cars. Animals can show more love and affection than you will ever possibly know.
I would trade 90% of the humans that I know for my animal friends. They don't try and stab me in the back for their own self centered interests.
I have had raccoons actually put themselves between me and someone they didn't know because they were trying to protect me.
You should visit a rehabber and take a good long look at what animals are really like. You might be very surprised.

Posted by Bill E April 23, 09 09:11 AM

Allah akbar !

Posted by Abdel-Kader April 23, 09 02:16 PM

It sucks what we all do as a world population, but some of zoos and habitats, not all do help the population of animals. So stop being all high and mighty, and stop talking like an ass and praise the ones that are helping.

Posted by Anonymous April 24, 09 01:26 AM

it seems like a lot of these pictures so animals in pain and hurt....why hasn't anyone done something to help them?!

I agree....wild animals belong in the wild unless they are wounded or old that they wouldnt be able to survive in the wild any longer.

Posted by Sue April 24, 09 03:12 AM

Excellent pictures!!!! You made my day :)

Posted by Renata Munoz April 24, 09 09:20 AM

Eeek. . . the photos are great, but many of these comments are scary stupid. Way to go, Internet!

Posted by Ack April 24, 09 11:44 AM

these are really cute pics! i love the bear cubs! i set them as my background!!!

Posted by mmmmmm April 24, 09 05:58 PM

pictures were cute, but the ones of the lions and bear in the moblie zoo.

Posted by Joeliz@50 April 24, 09 06:15 PM

cool,adorable,and cruel

Posted by LuLu April 24, 09 06:43 PM

Perfeitas! :D
Great photos!

Posted by Fábio Fernandes April 24, 09 11:09 PM

Hey, Kim 184, those were ARMENIAN baddies - NOT American. Hit the books.
Yeah, Alan is a dweeb - prolly his parents never let him have a pet.
Kurt 158 - nice summary, but still short. 'Animals make no emotional connections.' WRONG. There are too many stories - anecdotal, yes - about animals that have cared for other animals and for humans to simply say 'they're animals, we're better.' Animals exhibit a very pragmatic logic - far harsher than even Domestic Conservatives - but that is way different from declaring they don't attach or relate to individual humans. If they don't like YOU, maybe there is a reason.
And to all who say 'the animals are outside the cages' - Right on. Rarely will an animal kill another for fun or sport - with warring humans it is the norm.
If God did give man dominion over the planet, we have failed miserably in our stewardship. 'Dominion' does not mean 'to plunder' or 'exploit', ideally it would mean 'to rule intelligently'
But intelligence and man ... whole 'nother issue.

Walk in Beauty

Posted by lawrence priestman April 25, 09 12:50 AM


Posted by ALISHA April 25, 09 03:13 PM

I am 75 years old and have been going to zoos all my life. I love them. I see them as places for much loved animals whose habitat has been destroyed by us (humans). For those that are not I try to remember that many of them will be killed as food by other animals. Yes, they would be better off free. I'd be better off if I had a $1million...but I don't...and neither do they have the freedom they once had. If the zoo is a good one (like San Diego) the animals are wonderfully well cared for and protected. Zoos also give our children places to see animals they would never otherwise encounter and they get an education they would otherwise never have. For instance, and this is about an aquarium, not a zoo, I once saw "Eugenia" a dugong in the SF Aquarium. I have never forgotten her. My children were brought up to appreciate and enjoy zoos and aquariums and to understand why they exist. I only hope those who go now are educating their children in the same manner.

Posted by Patricia Kienholz April 25, 09 04:57 PM

it was a joy to see all the pictures of GODS making all of them for our pleasure

Posted by Anonymous April 25, 09 06:35 PM

What incredible photos. These creatures of God are so precious. The thought of extinction of any of our wild animals causes such sadness. Thank you for the opportunity to see these animals which I never would have been able to see live.
We are so privileged to have them sharing this Good Earth with us.

Posted by Joanne Wheeler April 26, 09 08:14 PM

really nice pic and u-nick pic

Posted by hasanthi April 27, 09 12:22 AM

super :o) very nice

Posted by Blacky April 27, 09 04:28 AM


Posted by Anonymous April 27, 09 05:57 PM

Mind Blowing and Heart Warming...!

Posted by Vinod Rajagopal April 28, 09 02:49 AM

that is sad why the heck would u keep animals in a zoo?? ya i dont think u want to be in a zoo.. all locked up and stuff

Posted by BrookeBrittany April 28, 09 02:39 PM

las persona que tienen a esos pobres animales enjaulados se merecen unn gran castigo,,,,,,,,,,,,ellos no se dan cuenta que estos animalitos tienen que vivir en su ecosistema???????? ellos tienen que ser libres o nos gustaria a los humanos estar enjaulados y que nos miren todo el dia?????'' piensenlo.

Posted by juan93 April 29, 09 10:56 AM

i love your animals. Thanks for showing us the photos, Rosa (3 yrs)

Posted by rosa jonas April 30, 09 12:26 AM

A majority of modern Zoos are actually very worthwhile organisations. These Zoos' objectives and missions are around animal conservation and breeding programmes to help ensure the viability and sustainability of species in the wild. They are also some of the strongest advocates for environmental conservation and are some of the most pragmatic in delivering programmes in partnership with Governements to protect disappearing habitat.

If you don't believe it, check out some of these Zoo's websites for more info. Though its not ideal, these Zoos actually help to ensure the populations in the wild.

Posted by Ceri Price April 30, 09 03:35 AM

they are mean people to do that to animals. i hate them.

Posted by eliza May 1, 09 05:09 PM

These pictures are cute. Im glad you put them on the website so people will see how animals are pretty smart. Im an animal lover so thats why I posted this coment.

Posted by Alesa May 4, 09 10:21 AM

they are really cute animals. preserve them

Posted by priyal May 5, 09 03:18 AM

The pictures were amazing!! I, too, was saddened to see the animals in that mob ile zoo. I hope someone has taken steps to care for them. I as a human am very ashamed for the way we treat the animals of this planet. I think that animals are very much more humane than "humans" in the way they care for their young. Maybe some day (soon) we will "wake up" and start to take care of this earth and the animals therein.

Posted by Peggy Weit May 5, 09 06:16 PM

Some of the pictures are got wrenching. I hope now that they are brought to "OUR" attention,that that has been something done.

Posted by Tammy M Sossong May 6, 09 06:13 AM

yeah right, I love all animals too, but I like to see 'em on TV, how they are running, hunting and playing in there natural habitat. An hell no, I do not fell sad when I see pictures like 15 & 16, I feel more than sorry for these poor animals and especially I feel so angry for people that support such things as mobile zoos or a circus that sports animals. We should be ashamed as human beings.
I'm glad though there is pictures like this that show these miserable things.
I like this website a lot. Thanks for doing this!

Posted by jay-wicked May 8, 09 02:47 AM

My grandchildren are going to love these I did!

Posted by G'Mommy Sue May 10, 09 07:21 AM

baby elephant is adorable, every thing in there is adorable and my sister and I were saying awww the ENTIRE WAY THROUGH!!!

Posted by kenzie Easlick May 10, 09 04:50 PM

Amazing pics! I love all animals but the young Chinese leopard in the basket took my breath away. It is behaving like a child thrilled with all the attention he is getting. Damn good pictures, I daresay. Truly made my day. Please send me more - if you have them.

Posted by Arradhna A Bhatnagar May 12, 09 06:18 AM

You people and your self-rightousness piss me off. This talk about how awful it is to keep animals in zoos is ridiculous. It's not the f-ing circus. Zoos are lightyears beyond what they used to be and getting better all the time.

What you fail to realize the most is that zoos (and the people that work there) do more for the well-being and preservation of the animals that ARE in the wild than any of you ever have or ever will. So unless you're out there chaining yourself to a tree to protect the baboons or helping prosecute poachers I suggest you shut your mouths.

Posted by Jonzor May 14, 09 05:40 PM

i like it so much

Posted by khalil raja May 16, 09 03:01 AM

Thank you for reminding me that there are people and organizations dedicated to preserving our global wildlife. To those of you who are whining about animals in captivity--perhaps you should do your homework to learn about your much romanticized "life in the wild"--a wilderness where life is terribly cruel, violent and short. Animals in reputable facilities live longer, healthier, happier lives than their counterparts in the wild.

Posted by Connie McCrummen May 16, 09 01:20 PM

i love it

Posted by cole rogers May 17, 09 04:29 PM

so cute!!

Posted by Akhil May 22, 09 04:00 AM

@jay wicked
if you stop to think about it, people live in very poor conditions in those areas.

in general
you protest against zoos and stuff, but eat chicken or pork or whatever, and throw out the leftover.

Posted by apa May 22, 09 08:17 AM

Uh.... yes, animals have feelings.. But we may not be interpreting them correctly just by looking at pictures. How many times have you looked at a picture of yourself saying: ok I look upset here, I look tired, I look sad, when in fact you were maybe just frowning because of the sun, had your eyes half-closed when the picture was taken or whatever. Let's no say: they look sad . We don't know what they are feeling. Animals have facial expressions, but they are not as precise as humans', and we too often tend to see them as sad or bored.This is projection.

Posted by Jojo May 22, 09 09:50 AM

that is so cool

Posted by Michael May 22, 09 09:07 PM

Eu sou Brasileira. Tenho 59 anos.

Meu neto Grabriel , de 4 anos, adora animais, por isto na pesquisa chegamos até este blog.
Amamos as fotos. Parabéns.
Evane Becler

Posted by Evane e Gabriel May 31, 09 08:55 PM

amazing shots, but way too look at the faces of those in captivity without a choice...common.

do i feel bad for those who cannot afford to take a trip to see them in the wild?


Posted by Anonymous June 5, 09 11:41 PM

Its so cute i love animals!

SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Dana June 9, 09 09:50 PM

they are so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by tori and lucy June 10, 09 06:47 AM

i hate they are in cages it just piss me the f*ck off

Posted by Anonymous June 18, 09 10:27 PM

that was cooooool! i love animals!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous June 19, 09 12:36 AM

very gud excellant display very informative edu cational and thanks

Posted by Anonymous July 2, 09 09:49 PM

its a great collection
i really impressed and appreciated you for yhe natural art

Posted by shahzad July 3, 09 03:59 AM
299. It's unbelieveable the number of people that ascribe human emotions to animals. Animals are not capeable of hate, love or any other emotion other then those that physically mainfest themselves...IE hunger, fear (self preservation)

To the many that think we are just "destroying" this world with our mere presence, please kill yourself. One less human would save the world from destruction after all...right?

Posted by Coben July 14, 09 08:27 PM

awesome photography!! the depth of the photographs is superb. wish i could get some photography tips from you!

Posted by Prasad, India September 12, 09 02:38 PM

response to #227 "Baikal Seal is the best"

What is so great about seeing an intelligent being being made to imitate human behavior just for a few "aww"'s?!!! It's an outrage that the Japanese are STILL disrespecting and exploiting ALL natures gifts.

Zoos should be replaced with reserves. Large fenced off acres, not iron barred concrete stages.
We need to preserve what's left while we replace what we've destroyed.

Posted by JaK September 23, 09 01:24 AM

what wonderful photos-I just loved them and love all animals alike wild and domestic :-)

Posted by Renate Uhl September 27, 09 11:47 PM

I, too, am concerned about these animals that were forced to go without food and water in Russia. Where they taken care of or just left to starve to death.

Posted by Icare... October 7, 09 10:01 PM

Please say that those animals in Russia were taken care of. That was just terrible. Please e-mail me the answer. Thank you

Posted by Miriam Drevar Lorio October 13, 09 04:54 PM

Os animais criados pos nosso Deus são diversamente lindos, mas o mais lindo e perfeito é o ser humano!

Posted by Tony Rigotto - Brasil October 18, 09 09:10 PM

I hate how animals r in captivity. but sometimes it helps them like the baby kangaroo.

Posted by Erin James October 21, 09 11:11 PM

Most of the pictures are clear as if you were right there. I love all of the animals and am very thankful that my grandchildren can get close enough to learn to respect and appreciate all of them. I really enjoyed this site.

Posted by Mary November 8, 09 08:34 PM

Some of these are sad

Posted by mark November 24, 09 01:20 PM

i liked it

Posted by Anonymous November 24, 09 04:50 PM


Posted by Dion Shelby January 6, 10 10:24 AM

Thankyou for setting these pictures on the internet for the world to see what zoo life for an animal is realy like and how bad the conditions usually are.
To those who support zoos; All these poor animals are in DISGUSTING living conditions. What was the fait of that poor bear in the small cage? Animals are being taken from the wild and stuffed in zoos for peoples' amusement.
All of those animals look extreamly sad and poorly taken care of. Is there any human who can do the right things for these animals? NO! No animal destined for a life in captivity or being poached will EVER live the right life. Zoos are nothing but cruel to animals, they are trapped in too big a number, in too small of an enclosure. Their hips sieze, their joints swell, they catch too many deseases then die young and it happens way too often in zoos. Children poke their fingers through the cages. Lions, tigers, bears and other animals are seen repeatedly pacing back and forth meaning they're extreamly unhappy. Too many zoo animals have no private areas away from everybody, so they can't even have peace alone. Too many pack animals are split up into tiny individual cages, alone and isolated from all the other animals where they forget everything natural to them because of zoos. Yes the animals are cute to see, but only when they are fit, healthy and took care of properly, but zoos don't do that. Zoos should be band and re-opened as large, open rehabilitation centres for already captured or badly injured animals instead of being entertainment sites where the animals live a more cruel and caucious life than in the wild. Zoos are wrong and disgusting and shouldn't exist, no matter who wants to see a once wild white tiger pacing unhappily in a 15 square meter open cage with nothing to play with and stimulate them and no shelter.

Posted by leonie March 2, 10 01:48 PM

these are amazing pictures who ever took them is brillant

Posted by mandalee March 31, 10 02:49 PM

It is interesting to read some comments about the Japanese 'disrespecting ALL natures gifts'. I have lived in the countryside in Japan for 3 years now, and I have never visited a country with a higher respect for the nature that surrounds them. Their culture and history is interwoven with their respect for their natural surroundings.

I can understand your anger at the seal photo. There is a side to modern Japanese culture that can be exploitative. But please, think carefully before you make a brass comment such as you did, especially capitalizing ALL in such a way - it makes you seem terribly ill-educated and clearly shows that you have no knowledge of true Japanese life.

Posted by Daisy April 14, 10 11:10 PM

Beautiful tigers playing with each other.
I wish that i could be there and see them.

Posted by ems62khlood May 4, 10 09:26 AM

lion very nice and all animals VERY VERY beautiful_____>>>>>>>>>>>......................((((((((((((((((((..)
my name
Lahore Britch

Posted by fatima June 14, 10 12:32 AM

I love des pictures

Posted by mostafa abdalla August 29, 10 05:51 PM

great picture. love the bear hugging picture and the japanese seal, sun bear and the Sumatran tiger soooooo cuteeeeeeee. all the pic are great except 15 and 16 i hope they do something to save the animals.

Posted by moniq September 12, 10 10:39 PM

good! It's really nice...........

Posted by Anonymous November 8, 10 06:02 AM

i think im sbout to cry awwwwwwwwwwe

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Posted by MARIANA HOR-MEYLL December 13, 10 09:18 AM

they are so pretty the monkey is the most cute on of all ............. lool love it

Posted by yazkara morales December 15, 10 02:45 PM

Those are so cute ecspecially the giraffe, the pandas, and the first monkey pic. the very first pic.

Posted by felion January 12, 11 04:39 PM
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