Golden Poison Dart Frog. Wales, 2017 © Craig Redmond
This series explores the unnatural captivity of wild animals in zoos - ‘False Environments’ where the paintings of trees, rocks and other landscapes may fool the viewing public but do nothing to benefit the lives of animals who will never experience freedom.
“What do we really learn from zoos? […] We learn that ‘habitat’ is not unspoiled forests and plains and deserts and rivers and mountains and seas, but concrete cages with concrete rocks and the trunks of dead trees. We learn that ‘habitat’ has sharp, immutable edges: everything inside the electrified fence is ‘bear habitat’, and everything outside the fence is not. We learn that habitats do not meld and mix and flow back and forth over time.”
Derrick Jensen, environmentalist and author of Thought To Exist In The Wild: Awakening From The Nightmare Of Zoos