Photo Friday – Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla.

This Friday’s photo is a quick iPhone pic from a family trip to Busch Gardens in Tampa.  I know, naturalists and nature-lovers often have adverse opinions of zoos and the like, and I must admit, my feelings are conflicted as well.  But believing that awareness is the first step in conservation, I’ve often defended zoos and nature parks as a primary reason that people care about these animals in the first place.  (This is starting to feel like an entirely separate post, and maybe it should be.)

Anyway, three things about this photo.  1) It was taken on an open air truck out in the faux-serenghetti.  That costs a little extra, but you go up-close with the giraffes and to “behind-the-scenes” parts of the park, and you get to hear a lot about their conservation efforts.  2) Sometimes I’m surprised by how nice iPhone photos come out.  3) This giraffe has attitude.



  1. Nice photo. As for defending zoos, I simply retort, which is better… not having homes for rare and exotic animals and a place for animal rehabilitation or letting animals fend for themselves in the wild.

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