well for wolfsong I would agree with your statement in the original posting. I see nothing wrong with your feeling/opinion on the matter as I would agree. I living in the burbs of a large city, unless I travel I guess I would fall under category 2 for mine not being total wildlife. I've been close to true, sat on the side of a river for 2 hrs near a common hunting area looking for birds, spotted an otter (pretty proud of that). But past that its just local bird sanctuaries, parks, or the zoo.
I go to to zoo to see exotic animals and to see them closer than I would ever get a chance and its exciting but, I do feel bad when seeing there cages and often when they seem board or sad/depressed. Some don't, and seem fairly happy I guess its not always bad. Many animals there I think are rescue animals. I also feel like these animals are real when I get to see them, not just something on TV. I think for many people its an out of site out of mind thing. If they never see them, and if they don't watch all the NatGeo or planet Earth shows, they kinda don't care or think the really exists. I think the cruel zoo's do play a role in helping some awareness for fund raising and such as wrong as it may seem. As far as photography goes. Pictures are worth a 1000 words yes, but the real story behind the shot attains much more respect and history in my book. I will still like the same shot as the shot, but knowing a story behind a shot changes the amount and type of respect I give. The diff. between a good photographer taking a picture well, or an adventure and capturing it on camera.
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