I went to the zoo last weekend with my family in San Diego. We go at least once a month with my two boys and we all love it. Here in San Diego the zoo and safari park are great places for photographing wild animals as well as the ones in cages. Migrating waterfowl, hummingbirds, and many small mammals take advantage of the habitats created for the exotic species in the zoo’s collection. In many cases these animals feel secure enough to be approached within a few feet for great portraits. So next time you are at your local zoo, focus your lens on some of the local wildlife as well.
Southern Koala–Kangaroo Island, Australia
One of the most amazing places I have ever been is Kangaroo Island off the coast of Southern Australia. You know how when you think of Australia you picture kangaroos hopping around town and koalas in every tree. At least that is how I pictured it. Well this vision describes Kangaroo Island perfectly. Wallabies, kangaroos, and koalas are everywhere. In fact on a half mile hike with my wife and oldest son we counted 36 koalas. Try that in downtown Sydney! Koalas were introduced to the island in the 1930’s in case the mainland population went extinct. They did so well that had to move almost 1,000 back to the mainland and sterilize a bunch more. This little guy was in a tree about ten feet off the ground. Since I am less than 6 foot tall I had to climb a neighboring tree to get to eye level and take the shot. I was able to photograph several other Australian species on Kangaroo Island (including kangaroos) and will be posting them soon.
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