Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Forbidden Freedom

Yearning to run wild
     Shackled by chains, bound by man
          Freedom forbidden
More photos from the San Diego Zoo.   How I hate to see these magnificent
animals caged.  But, if they weren't, no child would have the experience of seeing the extraordinary creatures that live in our world, and many species would have become extinct by now.  As I went from exhibit to exhibit, I was appalled at how many of the animals were on the endangered, critical, or vulnerable list.  We need to "wake up" and protect our earth and its inhabitants.  How sad it would be if your great grandchildren were to never see a tiger, gorilla, panda, or any of the many species that are "hanging on by a thread".

17 comments:

Bethe77 said...

Mickie beautiful images of these beautiful creatures. It is sad to think about how many trulyare on the endangered species list. So many and more added all the time. It is heart breaking. I cannot imgaine not being able to take my grandchildren or great grandchildren to see these anamils. It is true we would be able to see them if it wasnt for a zoo.
Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos with us.
Blessings

NatureFootstep said...

it is always sad to see them behind bars. Isn´t it?

Jill said...

These are lovely imagies with much to consider while viewing them.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Mickie, I know what you mean. I really felt sorry for the Portland Monkeys that were inside. They looked sad. Some had toys, some had boxes and newspapers ... but then some had an awesome play structure outside. Maybe their cages open up to the outside playground and they all get a chance; I'll need to check that out.

I really enjoy your zoo posts. It is good for the kids to get to see animals in real life, even if it isn't a natural habitat.

Have a great week!

Kathy M.

dona said...

So sad...

Carletta said...

Before I even started reading your words I was thinking the same thing about the cages. It's sad but like you said there may not be any if they weren't there.
Great shots! I've always loved the big cats.

Martha Z said...

The San Diego Zoo is better than many at providing habitat but I do hate to see animals caged. I agree that the value of zoos is to raise awareness of the need to protect our natural environment and the creatures that inhabit it.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Very good pictures and in this case, with your thoughtful words, the bars work very well. San Diego is one of the better zoos and like all the good ones they do work with endangered species as you say. . Did you have your granddaughter with you?

Angie said...

Sad but necessary - the breeding of endangered species does happen in Zoos. I had a Kookaburra in the garden yesterday, will put a photo up on my blog.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Your words make me think of "They're born free, they have a right to live free" from the movie of the same name. Fabulous photos, I love visiting zoos.

You know I always appreciate your company and hope you can return the visit soon. In fact today's link is: SOMETHING STUPID

Have a terrific Thursday.

madrassi said...

Wonderful post on animals as well its thoughtful that we are in need to protect them for our future. SO nice poem dear :)

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of these. Interesting species. Good job there's a fence in front of them.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very sad scenes. That's why I don't go to ZOO.

Regards!

lisa said...

It is really scary at how many animals are now considered endangered. You got some really fine shots here Mickie!

Pat Tillett said...

Nice photos! I totally agree with you. It's sad, but it's nice that everyone has a chance to see them...

Stewart M said...

Hi there - zoos always feel like a guilty treat - I like them, but I wish we did not need them!

Nice set of pictures.

Stewart M - Australia

My Inner Chick said...

ohhh, I so agree.
Bound by man. Always bound by man.
That is not Living.
So sad....