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Travel Photography: Visiting the Phoenix Zoo

There’s something about visiting the zoo. You can’t help but wonder who’s being more closely scrutinized, the animals or the humans.

Let’s begin our tour at the pelican beauty parlor. Nothing like preening with a whole crowd watching. Not that this pelican cares…

Travel photography - pelican at Phoenix Zoo, Arizona

If you’re a giant iguana, you can pretty well forget about having privacy with your lunch…

Travel photography - giant iguana at Phoenix Zoo, Arizona

A human audience sure doesn’t stop this pair from, ahem, doing what they’re doing…

Travel photography - tortoises mating at Phoenix Zoo, Arizona

The positioning of this feeding basket is of great concern to any creature that isn’t a giraffe. But, hey, the short one is in a perfect position to get whatever falls to the ground…

Travel photography - giraffes at Phoenix Zoo, Arizona

Of all the animals I saw, the primates seemed to be most interested in watching the zoo’s human visitors…

Travel photography - monkey at Phoenix Zoo, Arizona

Travel photography - baboon at Phoenix Zoo, Arizona

On the other side of the “interest in human visitors” spectrum, we have the carp in the pool near the zoo entrance. They couldn’t care less about the human photographers catching their swimming moves…

Travel photography - carp at Phoenix Zoo, Arizona

Okay, I’ll admit it: The Phoenix Zoo offers some of the best people-watching opportunities in the state of Arizona. Take, for example, the humans crowding into the orangutan pavilion. The creatures are in hiding, but we flock to see them anyway…

Travel photography - human visitors at Phoenix Zoo, Arizona

And a shout out to my Phoenix Zoo guides: The wonderful brother-sister team of Judy Vorfeld and David Crook (below)…

Travel photography - David Crook at Phoenix Zoo, Arizona

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