"Everywhere animals disappear," observed John Berger in a 1970 essay ("Why Look at Animals?"), "In zoos they constitute the living monument to their own disappearance." We yearn to be in touch with the mysterious wildness of Nature, chiefly by forcing other animals into contact with us in zoos and as house pets, and by regimenting beautiful places into parks designed for our access on demand. "Nature is not a place to visit," warned the poet Gary Snyder, "It is home." But at this late date, it's a place where, try as we might, we can't go home again.
TITLE - "Wild Thing"
WHERE - San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California (2016)