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AIBU to be annoyed by people who visit zoos just to take photos of everything without really looking at the animals?

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YouOldSlag Sat 02-Feb-13 10:57:49

The last few times I've taken the kids to zoos and animal type places, there have been people jamming their cameras against the glass/bars of the animals and just taking photos whilst barely glancing at the animals.

For one thing- why not just really look at the animals?
For another- who are you going to show the world'd most boring zoo visit photos to?

I'm not saying you shouldn't take photos, but these people were just holding their cameras against the glass whilst chatting to friends and then moving on and doing the same. It was as if they had been told to photograph everything within 30 minutes in order to get their money back or something. I wanted to shout "It's a bloody Giraffe! Have a look at those beautiful markings!"

I guess I find it sad that the thrill of real life is dying in the digital age.

mrsjay Sat 02-Feb-13 11:02:26

YAnbu I love zoos and I love a wander but I am usually dunted on the head with a huge photo lens grin I am a member of a friends of thing and some of the member just post picture after picture, im like hmmm ok just look at them they are beautiful animals

mrsbunnylove Sat 02-Feb-13 11:05:07

you are being very unreasonable.
why are you visiting zoos? why support them?
why would other people enjoying themselves in their own way be any problem to you?

MammaTJ Sat 02-Feb-13 11:07:43

AIBU to be annoyed by people who visit zoos just to watch other people take pictures of everything without really looking at the animals?

Aren't you just as bad? grin

mrsjay Sat 02-Feb-13 11:08:41

AIBU to be annoyed by people who visit zoos just to watch other people take pictures of everything without really looking at the animals?

so nobody is seeing the animals they are either taking pictures or tutting grin

YouOldSlag Sat 02-Feb-13 11:08:54

No, I wasn't watching them, they were in the bloody way!

cantspel Sat 02-Feb-13 11:10:09

I am just annoyed at anyone who visits a zoo.

How would you like to be stuck behind bars and gauped at?

mrsjay Sat 02-Feb-13 11:11:11

No, I wasn't watching them, they were in the bloody way!

you need to say EXCUSE ME and then move them or do what i do and squirrel in, I guess people just like taking photies but I do get what you mean everything has to be enjoyed in photo form, I have friends who have lens envy mine is bigger than yours wink

mrsjay Sat 02-Feb-13 11:11:41

zoos are not like that anymore well not all zoos

YouOldSlag Sat 02-Feb-13 11:12:42

mrsbunny- *why are you visiting zoos? why support them?
why would other people enjoying themselves in their own way be any problem to you?*

I visit them with my children. Many other people do this too. It's kind of a tradition. Also it supports breeding programmes and conservation.

Other people enjoying themselves in no way impedes my life, but I want to look at the bats, not press a camera to the glass whilst gassing to my mate about something else, so that the person behind me cannot see the bats at all. I feel sorry for the poor sod who has to look at all the boring photos on a smart phone.

catgirl1976 Sat 02-Feb-13 11:12:57

Oh god

I'm taking DS to the zoo today

I already feel bad about going to a zoo. Now I will have added guilt when I take a picture sad

pictish Sat 02-Feb-13 11:13:08

Yabu...zoos are crap. They attract muppets. What's more, they're entitled to their good time as much as you are yours. Thems the breaks.

Save up hard and go on safari. Yeahhhh. grin

YouOldSlag Sat 02-Feb-13 11:14:06

LOL @ mrsjay-*so nobody is seeing the animals they are either taking pictures or tutting*

I'm definitely a tutter!

YouOldSlag Sat 02-Feb-13 11:15:25

No catgirl, I said in my OP that I'm not against taking photos in a zoo, but people were only taking photos and barely glancing at the beautiful animals. I am sure you and your DS will have a great day. I love a day at the zoo!

mrsjay Sat 02-Feb-13 11:15:40

already feel bad about going to a zoo. Now I will have added guilt when I take a picture

why do you feel bad I am really trying to be light hearted about the camera thing it can be i annoying though, zoos are not as bad as people make out not these days conservation and rescue is important to a lot of zoos, and if they were closed down where would the animals go back to the wild hmm

Theicingontop Sat 02-Feb-13 11:15:42

I feel sorry for the poor sod who has to look at all the boring photos on a smart phone.

My parents are avid zoo-goers, and I can tell you, it's a challenge to look interested at the millions of badly taken photos of a lemur's half-obscured arse.

catgirl1976 Sat 02-Feb-13 11:16:22

Ok grin

I promise to look at the animals propery

And then make a donation to animal conservation to salve my zoo guilt

YouOldSlag Sat 02-Feb-13 11:17:08

Yabu...zoos are crap. They attract muppets.

I would LOVE to see muppets going to a zoo! What zoo is this?

catgirl1976 Sat 02-Feb-13 11:17:43

Well.......I'm torm between "Zoo's are much better these days and do loads for conservation and breeding" and "Zoos are cruel"

Life of Pi made me feel better. He gives the best Zoo-guilt-relief in the book grin

mrsjay Sat 02-Feb-13 11:18:49

I do like a picture or 2 but when it is picture after picture of a zebra then you do have to wonder if they actually looked at it properly, I have a picture of a day old zebra I had to as it was adorable, did you know day old zebras are brown/black and now white /black

YouOldSlag Sat 02-Feb-13 11:19:35

Theicingontop- I laughed at that- you are one of the victims in all this!

"This is the parrot, but it had gone, you can just see it's leg, this is the bottom half of a lemur, but it didn't come out, that's the Giraffe's foot..."

mrsjay Sat 02-Feb-13 11:20:00

.I'm torm between "Zoo's are much better these days and do loads for conservation and breeding" and "Zoos are cruel"

me too sometimes I think ooh no dont do that please stop doing that to aww thats great they are doing that, I have an issue with over breeding

<gets down off my soap box>

YouOldSlag Sat 02-Feb-13 11:24:02

mrsjay- I would definitely take a photo of a baby zebra. I also have a great photo of a tapir with a hard on. It was the same length as his leg and he pointed his thingy at me when I walked past!

VivaLeBeaver Sat 02-Feb-13 11:24:25

I go to Yorkshire wildlife park. It's kind of a cross in between a zoo and a safari park. The animals have massive fields to be in. Obviously though not still as good as the African savannah. They do lots for conservation and rescued some lions from Romania that were close to death in an awful zoo.

You do see loads of people with massive zoom cameras but as the fields are so big there's lots of fence space so its never been a problem.

YouOldSlag Sat 02-Feb-13 11:29:51

Viva- that sounds great, I'd like to go there. I don't mind it so much in safari parks (we had a Giraffe right next to the passenger door- too good not to photograph that!) but I went to Tropical World in Leeds recently and it was "click, flash, next, click, flash, next" all the way around.

It made me sad as wildlife is so incredible and miraculous, it's sad when even real life has to be on a smartphone in order to be digestible.

Euphemia Sat 02-Feb-13 11:31:37

DD and I have a well-practised exchange of eye-rolls for the wallaby enclosure, where some doofus inevitably screeches "Aw look, it's a baby kangaroo!" smile

I wanted to give a sharp poke in the ribs to the party of adults shouting and laughing and pointing at a monkey which was playing with its penis, in front of their kids and mine. Very mature. hmm

JaponicaTroggs Sat 02-Feb-13 11:37:21

YouOldSlag Reminds me of when we went to Chessington last year. Lots of people happily aahing at the meercats until autistic DS helpfully bellowed at full volume "look everyone, that meercat has an erection! blush Had to drag him away whispering "stop it" while he shrieked "but it has mum, look!"

YouOldSlag Sat 02-Feb-13 12:40:00

Japonica- it's great that he knows the correct name for a stiffy!

mrsjay Sat 02-Feb-13 12:53:45

I also have a great photo of a tapir with a hard on. It was the same length as his leg and he pointed his thingy at me when I walked past!

dont they fall over their thingies if they are that long grin

YouOldSlag Sat 02-Feb-13 12:58:02

dont they fall over their thingies if they are that long

I think they are like lightsabers. They go away when switched off.

I remember driving through the elephant bit at West Midlands Safari Park and one of the elephants had an enormous great rock on.

And the Tapir at Twycross.

"hee hee we saw its willy, hee hee"

Funny how that is all 6 year old boys seem to remember. They don't appreciate the majestic beauty of the noble giraffe but they think it's fucking brilliant if you see one having a piss!

mrsjay Sat 02-Feb-13 13:03:35

seeing 2 orangs having sex at paignton zoo 1 year the dds giggled for hours and hours so did I tbh he got on then off again no hug or anything grin I have also seen a chimp drinking its own pee I was fascinated his aim was perfect

andubelievedthat Sat 02-Feb-13 13:06:22

but an animal does not know its an animal, and according to current science opinion ,they never will,so perhaps it follows they do not know they are in a zoo, or that they are the ones in the cage/enclosure?

mrsjay Sat 02-Feb-13 13:09:03

I spose and a tiger does not know that he is behind a fence so feels no effect it is as normal for them as it is for a tiger in india to be roaming about, saying that thought they do need to be enriched or they can go a bit stir crazy

Sparklingbrook Sat 02-Feb-13 13:13:02

I don't like Safari Parks or Zoos. They seem so far removed from the animals natural habitat. Watching the elephants stood there in the pouring rain etc. sad

In the summer the local Safari Park is basically 2 lanes of traffic nose to tail. Depressing, and expensive. sad

JaponicaTroggs Sat 02-Feb-13 13:52:10

YouOldSlag He's 14 so he should do grin. It wouldn't have been so excruciating if he'd been younger and cute but he's nearly 6 foot as well. Oh the joys of autism!

JumpingJackSprat Sat 02-Feb-13 14:20:39

i take my camera. i dont share or expect anyone to look at my photos but the challenge is getting a striking shot of an animal so it doesnt look like its in a zoo. i dont moan when parents with three kids and a push chair all crowd viewing windows at the same time so i cant see. maybe you should teach your kid the value of waiting patiently while someone else finishes viewing/photographing the animals if they were there first. after all ive paid my entance fee too.

elfycat Sat 02-Feb-13 14:32:04

I've managed to wean DH off of his camera. He kept living his life through it (I blame his mother, she's the same. How many pictures of some pretty but non-interesting flower from NZ do I have to look at?)

The final straw was on a liveaboard holiday to the red sea. A large green turtle came up to the lights at the back of the boat one night. DH ran down to the cabin. In the meantime the rest of us slipped (fully dressed) into the water and said 'Hi'. By the time DH and the camera emerged the turtle had gone.

We go to the zoo quite often, only once have we remembered the camera and we have some great pics of the DDs!

Narked Sat 02-Feb-13 14:39:39

The West Midlands Safari Park? That would be the one that sent some of its lion cubs to perform in a Japanese circus.

Here. Daily Mail link.

YouOldSlag Sat 02-Feb-13 15:02:42

maybe you should teach your kid the value of waiting patiently while someone else finishes viewing/photographing the animals if they were there first. after all ive paid my entrance fee too.

My "kid" knows the value of waiting patiently thank you very much. This thread is not about me saying I don't see why I should have to queue.

It's about people not appreciating the miracles in front of them. My best friend is a photographer, and she, like you tries to take striking and candid shots. She also enjoys and watches the animals. However, what I am complaining about is the people I see who barely glance at the animals, they just push their camera against the glass, click, then walk off like it's an in and out photography class.

PolterGoose Sat 02-Feb-13 15:33:29

My 9yo ds's primary reason for going to a zoo is to film the animals. The footage is lovingly edited into his own Attenborough-style documentaries grin

LouMae Sat 02-Feb-13 15:43:12

I know what you mean. I think when the same when i go to gigs or shows- people's cameras stuck up in the air or them looking through the lens, videoing or constantly trying to get a good pic. Just look at the bloody performance yourself and enjoy it! I went to watch wrestling with my son (ahem, yes I know) and one bloke in front of us watched the entire show through the lens of his video camera... how is that enjoyable?

Tanith Sat 02-Feb-13 17:04:11

That's very deep and profound andubelievethat

<wanders off to ponder>

OkayHazel Sat 02-Feb-13 17:42:35

YABU.

I got a new DSLR camera for Christmas and have been to both the British Museum and the Zoo alone to learn how to use it. Photos are for me only. A learning experience.

Its nice to have different things to practice with. Before there were just lots of my cat.

YouOldSlag Sat 02-Feb-13 18:30:26

LouMae-that's exactly what I mean. So busy photographing/filming/downloading, they forget to experience RL.

OkayHazel, but do you click'n'flash or appreciate as well? That's the difference I think.

An example of what I mean: I was looking at a Toucan in a zoo and someone just walked up to the glass, pressed their camera against it, clicked and walked off, barely looking at the Toucan, they were even looking somewhere else when they pressed the button. What was the point?

But a really good photo of an Orangutan having a swim in "Lake Me"- now that's worth taking...or a white peacock spreading its tail out, now that was a good shot...

It's more about what loumae said. Instead of filming/photographing and thinking of their FB audience, they should just look at the bloody Toucan. Is it not incredible?

I'd rather have something great in my memory than on my Memory stick. Like elfycat, I'd rather swim with a turtle than miss it because I was looking for the camera.

peachypips Sat 02-Feb-13 18:35:47

I think it's sad when people photograph everything in sight- it's like they are so focused on getting the memory of the thing they forget to actually engage with the thing itself.
DS's cousin literally gets her 5 yr old son to pose every ten minutes through any activity- poor kid just wants to enjoy himself!! It's like she is telling herself 'LOOK! Look at all the fun we are having! We are having fun now!' Argh!

countrykitten Sat 02-Feb-13 18:40:18

Zoos are vile. Watch David Attenborough instead.

OkayHazel Sat 02-Feb-13 19:18:40

YouOldSlag Oh I'm a big appreciator too. Just try and tear me away from those penguins. Takes two fully grown men.

YouOldSlag Sat 02-Feb-13 20:34:44

peachypips- exactly! That's how I feel about people uploading photos of their holiday whilst they are STILL on holiday! I want to say " get on with your holiday!" Live in the moment!

OkayHazel, now that's exactly what I'm talking about! smile

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