Pupy, an African elephant, stands in the doorway of his enclosure at the former city zoo now known as Eco Parque in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko / AP.
There is something particularly sad to me about the capture and lifelong imprisonment of wild animals — especially the elephant.
The only ones who seem to suffer more in captivity than the elephant, often to the point of madness, are polar bears. I have observed several who met that fate over the years.
Although a horse racing photographer by trade for more than a decade in the UK and parts of Europe, I was often asked to photograph anything from a favorite pet to wild animals kept in zoos. What I saw in those zoos broke my heart over and over. It got to where I couldn’t accept the assignments.
What a provocative image of this dear soul.
The full description accompanying the image reads:
Pupy, an African elephant, stands in the doorway of his enclosure at the former city zoo now known as Eco Parque in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A year ago the 140-year old Buenos Aires zoo closed its doors and was transformed into a park. The first director decided that the animals should be housed in buildings that reflected their countries of origin. A replica of a Hindu temple was built for the Asian elephants.
Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko/AP.
Source: The Guardian.