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Zoo Photos Capture Caged Animals’ Melancholy

Rexy Tseng

Photographer Gaston Lacombe doesn’t hate zoos. He just thinks some of them need improving.

For the past four years, he’s been trying to make that point with a series of photos called Captive. All of the photos are shot from regular, public viewing areas and are meant to highlight the poor or unnatural conditions some animals live in when they’re removed from their normal habitat.

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  • Hannah Kim

    I think this is a great thing to highlight. Though it may be interesting for us to observe these animals and learn more about them through zoos- it seems selfish to me, because the animals aren't free. Even if the conditions were perfect at every single zoo, I still think that most animals would be happier living in their natural habitat than in a caged environment... Where people come and stare at them and their food supply is controlled and allotted to them by an outside force.