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10 Photos of Sad Animals In Zoos

10 Photos of Sad Animals In Zoos

Over 175 million people visit zoos each year, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. And public zoos have been around since 1857. Since the 1960s, preserving threatened and endangered species have been on many zoos’ agendas, like the Smithsonian  National Zoological Park. But there are supporters for zoos and others against zoos who are vocal about animal rights. Whatever a person’s point of view is, there is a growing understanding that zoos regardless of their agenda are not always picture perfect.

Take a look at these photos of animals in zoos.

Chained

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    When the animals are chained or in small, caged enclosures, the wild animals seem reduced to tormented looking house pets. This picture taken by Nat Rogers of a chained tiger is from the Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple in Thailand.

    Disheartened

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          Some animals seem to be caught in a moment of loneliness or depression, like in the photographs taken by professional photographer Toni Amengual. He specifically visited zoos during the winter in order to capture the unhappy, isolating images.

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            Eric Pillot, a professional photographer, also has zoo animals in his gallery. The animals are often pictured looking away and staring at walls.

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            Forlorn

            Sad by Ines van Megan

              Ines van Megen-Thijssen captured sadness when she visited a zoo.  Primates, which we humans sometimes readily empathize with because we share some traits like body gestures and community groups, lend themselves as great subjects for photographs with emotion.

              Just A Sad Day

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                Elizabeth Haslam, another photographer, also found “A Sad Day” at the zoo.

                Just A Sad Frog

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                Suzanne's Stream Sad Frog

                  In some cases we may be just reading into the sadness, like with this cute, little frog from Suzanne’s Stream. According to some, like at Frog Forum, frogs have emotions that serve them by keeping them alive, but do not experience bonding or loneliness like humans or other animals do.

                  Birds Of A Feather

                  Macaws

                    Jen Starr found these un-majestic macaws tucked away in a concrete corner enclosure of a zoo. Birds can strip their own feathers when experiencing stress, but they naturally molt a couple of times a year. According to Ron Hines, DVM, PhD, birds exposed to natural light molt less frequently than birds in artificial light. If the birds are molting due to seasonal changes in light exposure, that is natural. If they are molting more frequently, it could be forced molting, which puts the animal’s body under stress and can cause health problems and a shortening of life.

                    Animals With Deep Feelings

                    Sadness in Chimps

                      In this photograph of a chimpanzee by Michael Nichols of National Geographic, sadness can be detected easily in just his or her facial expression. According to Olivier Berton, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, depression and other unpleasant emotional states like anxiety, can be diagnosed in primates and in dogs, but because animals can’t tell us how they are feeling, we can’t say with certainty if an animal is experiencing depression like a human does.

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                      But according to Marc Bekoff, Ph. D., there are plenty of studies that demonstrate how zoos in general harm animals by altering their natural behavior. Animals are seen pacing incessantly back and forth, becoming obese or emaciated. Some animals have been observed to self-mutilate.

                      Zoos worldwide have different agendas and operate at different levels of responsibility. At some point it is up to the visitors to decide if they should support their individual zoological parks or decide to advocate for the animals who may be harmed due to malpractice.

                      Featured photo credit: Gerd Altmann via pixabay.com

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                      Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                        Why You Need a Vision

                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                        What Do You Want?

                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                        Some tips to guide you:

                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                        A few prompts to get you started:

                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                        • What would you be doing?
                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                        • How are you dressed?
                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                        Plan Backwards

                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                        Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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