Photographer Daniel Zakharov’s “Modern Wilderness” takes a look at the lives of animals held in captivity in urban zoos. It’s a greatly depressing look at these animals and an even more damning view of the zoos who keep them, though it was not meant to be according to Zakarov.
“This series addresses the issue of animals in imprisonment. My intention was not to criticize zoos, but to focus on the strange and bizarre daily life of animals. 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.” He states on his website.
I could not stand to visit a Zoo as horrible as the one(s?) pictured in this series. The closest Zoo to me, the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon is one of the nicer zoos that I have seen as far as animal habitat and creature comforts are concerned. That said, the images below make you realize that not every zoo is a happy place.