Life at the Zoo
by Michael George

project STATEMENT

Life at the Zoo is a series that takes viewers for a behind-the-scenes look at everything that happens at the zoo that they normally do not get to see. The series was created to clear up misconceptions people have about the institution and to show the role that zoos play in animal rescue, conservation, research, and breeding programs.

When I first worked with a zoo for a travel shoot in 2015, I discovered how many concerns people have about how zoos operate and what benefits zoos offer. These images feature medical care-giving, training, and hand-raising rescued baby animals. I answer questions such as: Why do we need zoos in the first place? Where do zoo babies come from? How do you train a vicious carnivore to visit the doctor?

Life at the Zoo was originally published as a children’s picture book with Barnes & Noble in 2018.

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