This week’s ‘alphabet with a twist’ segment of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge requires a word starting with L that has at least two syllables and, going through the photo files, I came across these images that I captured at Brookfield Zoo a while back. This magnificent lion was in just the right spot to have his picture taken and I made the most of a rare opportunity to catch his different moods.
I’m always in two minds about visiting the zoo. While I’m not thrilled about seeing such noble creatures so limited by their captivity, still I can appreciate the fact that, with many of the earth’s species rapidly racing down the road to extinction, such institutions may be their last hope for survival.
With dedicated research, successful breeding programs and fearless conservation efforts, what goes on behind the scenes is perhaps far more important than putting on a good show for the paying public.
I don’t consider myself naïve enough to believe that there aren’t some unscrupulous places that, under the thin guise of caring for the welfare of endangered wildlife, merely exhibit animals for the sake of making a tidy profit, but I hope I’m not so cynical that I can’t acknowledge the important work being done by the many genuine organizations that exist, for the most part, for the purpose of ensuring a better chance of survival for all life on this planet in the future.