Photographing Animals in Captivity
Captive Animals can sometimes be the easiest or hardest subjects, depending upon the facilities you are visiting.
Staff – This is your most valuable resource. I’ve met very few staff members that won’t help you if they can. They can tell you the time of day your subjects will be most active, what the feeding schedule is, where the best locations are, what personality traits to look for, etc. If you are a regular visitor, and get to know the staff, they may start extending extra courtesies, such as inside information on when an animal is being moved from one enclosure to another, or when a new animal is being introduced to an exhibit.
Behind the Scenes Tours – Try to take one of these if they are available. You often get photo ops that most others don’t get.
Photo credits: Diana Child.
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