Wildlife Photography at the Zoo


I recently got my hands on some new lenses (50mm prime + 300mm telephoto zoom) and I wanted to try them out at the LA Zoo. The reason is simple: I love animals and I’m working on improving my wildlife photography.

The timing turned out to be perfect. Just three days earlier one of the female hippos gave birth to an adorable baby. The pair cuddled while the papa stayed close (see photo below). Check out my photos and I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.

This is the new dad hippo above.
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suzetteI have been traveling for the better part of the last ten years in an effort to get out of my bubble. I set out to learn from other cultures and gain some understanding of the world. No matter where I go, I seek out gems off the beaten path and this site is my attempt to show you how to do the same.

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  • http://www.thewishfultraveler.com/ Kristin

    These are great photos! I particularly like the close up of the chimp. I’ve been contemplating going with a local photography group on a zoo outing, your photos are inspiring me to sign up…

    • Suzette Barnett

      Thanks so much Kristin, I really appreciate your note. I love that chimp, too! I’ve never gone to the zoo with a local photography group, but like you, I was considering it but decided to go on my own. Either way, I’m sure you’ll get great shots and I’d love to see them :)