Welcome to Australia Zoo

When we travel many of us want to experience the highlights of the city/country we are in and usually these lists will contain zoos, theme parks or aquariums. These places are marketed as a way to educate and conserve but how fair is it on the animals. Places like SeaWorld where you can see dolphins, sea lions and even orcas up close. We are given the impression that these animals are happy in captivity but documentaries such as Blackfish and The Cove suggest otherwise.

There is one place that I have visited that I feel maybe an exception to this, Australia Zoo. Steve Irwin started the zoo in order to educate people about animals, he brought them up close so people could see them. He rehomed animals that were in unsuitable conditions and works to preserve endangered species.

Unfortunately Steve Irwin died and the zoo was left in the hands of others. The core values still remain but as developmental plans are made they may be forgotten and we could see it turn into a more ‘American’ style theme park.

Australia Zoo, Queensland

Australia Zoo, Queensland

The Oscars

You may think this is an usual post as it has little to do with travel or photography but please bare with me while I explain.

The Oscars are coming up this weekend, 22nd February, and in the best documentary category Virunga has been nominated. I have spoken in more detail about this documentary before in reference to Nature Tourism but now as it has been nominated it is important that it gets the coverage it deserves and promote these issues that we are facing throughout the world.

This is our time and we need to protect these areas of great significance. We can’t allow corporations to take control and exploit these areas ruining it for future generations. Even since the release of Virunga there still seems that these stories are becoming more familiar throughout the media.

Ecuador signs permits for oil drilling in Amazon’s Yasuni national park

If Virunga does win it will be a well deserved victory for a great documentary but still a small step in the overall scheme of things. These battles are fought by local people but they need global coverage in order to succeed.