These sad and captivating photos tell the story of a Zoo like so many others. German photographer Elias Hassos perfectly captures the sadness of animals living in small cages – the boredom of spending every day of their entire life in the same spot and never knowing the feeling of freedom. The photos were published in German Greenpeace Magazine together with an article on the changing concept of zoos and their necessity.
For centuries, we’ve imprisoned animals in small cages just for our entertainment. Nowadays, more and more visitors feel compassion for caged animals – behavioral scientists criticize concrete enclosures and artificial light while radical animal rights activists call for an end to “life imprisonment.” [Read more...]
The revolutionary “Zoo of the Future” movement, which originated in Leipzig, offers one concept of what a zoo should look like:
“Zoo of the Future” they call the new concept in Leipzig, “Adventure Zoo” in Hannover and “Zoom adventure world” in Gelsenkirchen. These three form the German vanguard of a movement that has already begun in the U.S. and the Netherlands. It combines the zoo with botanical gardens, multimedia science show and Disneyland-elements, a much-praised mix of infotainment, Nature Conservation and safari getaway.
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