In Photos: Zoo captivity around the world
Zoos are one of the more ethically dodgy areas for conservationists and animal lovers. On the one hand, there are many zoos doing amazing work, acting as the last refuge and hope for critically endangered species, and as a place of education and engagement for people learning about wildlife and the need for conservation around the globe. They care about their animals and do everything possible to provide enriching and healthy enclosures. And yet, there are also many, many zoos that act solely as a business to make money at the expense of caged animals, and put little if any effort into making an enclosure a comfortable or even safe place for that animal to be.
Lacombe tells me, “These images were taken on five continents, in nine countries, including the USA and Canada. Many people often assume that photos like this cannot come from North America, but about half of them are. In fact I’ve seen some of the worst animal habitats in the USA and Canada. So I prefer not to identify where the images are from, but rather let people understand that this is a problem, wherever you are located.”