It's not that I want to load up my Facebook wall with cool work photos. It's that I have absolutely no visual memory, so for me, photography is essential for me to remember what I saw and what I thought of it. It's because I appreciate the educational value of pictures, and how they can be used to teach an audience. They really are worth a thousand words... unless you have your finger over the lens, as I sometimes do. Those ones are worthless.
Pictured here is the first of four thylacines who lived at the Bronx Zoo between 1902 and 1919. The Bronx Zoo and Smithsonian National Zoo are the only two zoos in the U.S. to ever exhibit this now extinct species. The last known thylacine died at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania in 1936. Photo © WCS.
The world of zoos and aquariums is constantly changing - even in the time that I've been in the profession, tremendous changes have occurred in exhibition, breeding, enrichment, and training. Which is just as well for future generations. Who knows what idle snapshot one of our keepers will take will be treasured by future generations?