If you ever need proof that dog is man’s best friend, look no further than Instagram. The social media site has no shortage of picture-perfect pups, as many doting dog owners share snapshots of life with their four-legged friends. While some go on adventures together and others dress alike, Reagan the labradoodle and “Little Buddy”—his family’s foster child—do both. Reagan was adopted by Oregon resident Sandi Swiridoff when he was just 11 months old.
While zoos are a great place to see a large number of animals all in one place, there’s a dark side to these family attractions that doesn’t often get discussed. On Debate.org, the question, “Should we keep animals in zoos?” splits poll takers down the middle with 42% saying yes, saying its especially beneficial for endangered species, and 58% saying no, that animals need to be free and in the wild. What’s your opinion?
After seeing this series, called Modern Wilderness, by photographer Daniel Zakharov, one’s heart can’t help but feel incredibly heavy about these animals’ doomed destinies. Zakharov did not create the series to criticize zoos but instead to focus on “the strange and bizarre daily life of animals.”
He goes on, “Nowadays animals are born in captivity, between concrete, tiling, cement-slab buildings and artificial landscapes instead of the endless stretch of nature. In the meantime, the zoo has become home for the animals and they have lost the memory of their ancestral breeding grounds. However, by looking them in the eyes, one gets the feeling of recognizing their desire for true destiny.”