If you are planning to take an African safari to photograph wildlife in Kenya, Tanzania, or Botswana, start by getting in a few days of practice at your local zoo. A trip to your zoo for wildlife photography will give you the opportunity to learn how to operate your camera properly so that you can capture the best possible photos of the creatures you will find in the wild.
Even if you have no plans for international travel, a photo trip to a nearby zoo can be interesting and enjoyable. You will find creatures like this Sumatran Orangutan, critically endangered and considered to be facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. This issue has tips that will greatly improve your zoo portraits. Issue #143 - Photographing Wildlife at the Zoo covers the LA Zoo, the San Francisco Zoo and the Sacramento Zoo with tips on 13 other zoos across the country.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.