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ST. Louis Zoo - Seals & Sea Lions

Postby TomCofer » Wed Aug 24, 2016 2:57 pm

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Postby St3v3M » Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:44 am

The black and white conversion works well. Thank you for sharing! S-
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Postby TomCofer » Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:53 am

Thanks Steve
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Re: ST. Louis Zoo - Seals & Sea Lions

Postby WesternGuy » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:57 pm

Tom, again you have done a great job of taking the "zoo" out of the image. With the exception of the one with the kid in it, these could have been taken anywhere in nature. This is not easy to do in the zoo, but great job!

As for the second set - having seen these animals in the wild, I am sometimes a bit saddened by our attempt to humanize wild creatures, but I also recognize that this is often the only contact that some folks will have with them and it creates an awareness that people might not have otherwise, so mixed emotions for me.

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Postby TomCofer » Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:16 am

WesternGuy wrote:...As for the second set - having seen these animals in the wild, I am sometimes a bit saddened by our attempt to humanize wild creatures, but I also recognize that this is often the only contact that some folks will have with them and it creates an awareness that people might not have otherwise, so mixed emotions for me.

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I can see both sides of the discussion when it comes to animals in captivity and animal shows. The Saint Louis Zoo, like many these days, are no longer just about putting animals in cages and collecting a fee. They put a lot of time, money, and effort into wildlife study and research. They've been heavily involved in helping some of the threatened and endangered critters and reintroducing them back into the wild.

The sea lion show does have them acting a bit silly and human, but on the other hand, it taught the audience about the difference between seals and sea lions, their diet, how we could help by changing some of or fish diet, and the hazards of our plastics in their environment and ways we can change that. It may not be natural, but it does also keep their minds and bodies active.
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Re: ST. Louis Zoo - Seals & Sea Lions

Postby WesternGuy » Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:10 am

I think a lot of zoos, including the one in my home town are putting a lot more time and effort towards research and rehabilitation. Our zoo is actively participating in a Burrowing Owl program in an attempt to restore them to a number of their natural habitats here in Western Canada. These types of programs are a good thing and I am glad to know that the St. Louis zoo is also participating in these types of things. I think the "zoos" that simply put the animals in a cage and collect a viewer's fee are very few and far between these days and that is a good thing IMHO. Any program that can educate folks on the hazards of plastics in the environment is one I am definitely in favour of. :thumbup:

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