Are zoo animals wildlife?

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Hi, I see a lot of the pictures in the wildlife category are made in a zoo or otherwise captive setting. Should there not be a separate category for such photographs as they are not true wildlife pics?
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Julie Hall

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i consider them to be.
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I do not consider animals in zoos to be wildlife as they are in captivity an as such not in the wild.
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Julie Hall

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The problem with separating this is proving a person did not take the shot in the wild. I know for myself a lot of the birds in our zoo, I can get in nature. As well as monkies, I can shoot wild ones in Ocala fl or I can go to any zoo and get them as will you know if I am lying? And there are many folks on this site that have access to shoot lions, tigers, bears and other wild animals in the will you know if they are lying?
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When they're shooting tigers and bald eagles with a 70mm up to 300mm, you know they are lying. It's a standard to inform the viewer of a captive capture, yet no one does this here. All of my wildlife photos are wild captures except for several bald eagle portraits I've taken at an Eagle Festival. Irregardless, I stated the bird's name and that it was captive. I would have never gotten such clear shots otherwise.
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I guess we would have to TRUST people ! After all, this is not a matter of "Life and Death", is it ? ...
I find that Wildlife is Wildlife whether in a Zoo or in the Wild.
The images you will get in a zoo are very different than the ones you will be able to capture in the wild !
However, that doesn't make "shooting in a zoo" any easier !!!
The fences with their mesh sizes ... , the glasses with their scratches and dirty finger prints ... are always a HUGE problem ! Not to mention the glare and reflections on the glass when the sun hits at the very moment you are about to click !!!
To me Wildlife is "Animals that are not domesticated". Of course, the lions in zoos are probably "less dangerous" than the ones in Africa ... BUT you will never 'pet them on the head" in neither nor situation !
And I agree with Roel, having a different section might be a good thing.
If you check my photos, I always mention in which ZOO I took my photo ... I'd rather be shooting these Animals in their natural Habitat but ... I do with what I have !
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This is back to the issue of defining the categories more clearly. Right now what other category would you put a lion, elephant, tiger, etc. they certainly aren't pets. I agree with Veronique that Wildlife is "Animals that are not Domesticated". Pretty soon we are going to be asking to have sub categories on our sub categories. :))
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I take most of my animal shots at the Zoo but in my explanation I always say that they are there, Most of my bird shot I got in the wild. Yvonne

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