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Animal-Loving Zoo Photographer: FAQs

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 7, 2014, 12:31 PM

Hi guys,


Since we’ve recently been receiving some comments and questions regarding our photography and the use of our photos, I thought it might be a good idea to write down some FAQs :)




What kind of camera do you use?

We have, and are still using, several cameras. (That’s what you get, when you’re a duo ;))

The main cameras that we use these days, are the Sony HX300 and the Sony CyberShot DSC HX10V.

If you’re curious about the camera we used for a specific photo, you can always check the “Camera Data” below on the right side of each deviation ;)


May I use your photo as a reference, in a photo manipulation, as stock etc.?

Per definition, our photos may not be used for any other medium without at least one of us knowing and having given you permission to use it. We all consider ourselves artists here of some sort, and put a lot of time and effort in creating said art – let’s not see it go to waste.

Neither one of us can be considered the boogey man – if you ask either one of us if you can use one of our photos as a reference, photo manipulation, etc., all we ask of you is to credit us, and send us a link so we can check out how you’ve used the photo :) More often than not, we will post a link to your art in the description of the photo you used.


Why do you use a watermark?

We love it when you love my work, but we’ve put time and effort in these photos. You may consider it distracting, perhaps even ugly, but we’ve tried to keep it as non-obtrusive as possible.

We both know there are a lot of photos circulating on the internet, that belong to people whose entire credit for taking the photo or having made the art, has been stealthily removed. This has not happened to us yet so it’s all only precautionary, but let’s not taunt the odds.


Where did you take your photos?

We are zoo photographers all the way. Some photos that we’ve submitted, have been taking in the semi-wild, meaning it was a wild animal we spotted in a zoo. These are only a few exceptions, as the majority are animals I’d never see in the wild in my country.

I’ve visited a number of zoos, but I did not submit photos of each visit into our Gallery. This is the list of zoos I’ve visited so far over the years:

2004 Aqua Zoo Friesland (Leerdam), The Netherlands

2006, 2013-2014 BestZOO (Best), The Netherlands

2014 Burgers’ Zoo (Arnhem), The Netherlands

2006 De Apenheul (Apeldoorn), The Netherlands

2005, 2008 De Oliemeulen (Tilburg), The Netherlands

2004-2014 Dierenrijk (Nuenen), The Netherlands

2005, 2010 Dierenpark Amersfoort (Amersfoort), The Netherlands

2006 Dierenpark Emmen (Emmen), The Netherlands

2003, 2008, 2013 Diergaarde Blijdorp (Rotterdam), The Netherlands

2005 Dolfinarium Harderwijk (Harderwijk), The Netherlands

2005, 2010, 2014 GaiaZOO (Kerkrade), The Netherlands

2000, 2004, 2006-2007, 2011 Kabouterland (Exloo), The Netherlands

2013 Landgoed Hoenderdaell (Anna Paulowna), The Netherlands

1994, 2003, 2005, 2010-2014 Natura Artis Magistra (Amsterdam), The Netherlands

2004, 2006 , 2011 Ouwehands Dierenpark (Rhenen), The Netherlands

1999, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2014 Safaripark Beekse Bergen (Hilvarenbeek), The Netherlands

2014 Taman Indonesia (Kallenkote), The Netherlands

2008, 2011, 2014 Tuincentrum & Vogelbush Eureka (Texel), The Netherlands

2010 Uilen- en dierenpark de Paay (Beesd), The Netherlands

2008, 2011 Zeehondenopvang Ecomare (Texel), The Netherlands

2013-2014 ZieZOO (Volkel), The Netherlands

2013 Zoo Parc Overloon (Overloon), The Netherlands

2005 Antwerpen Zoo (Antwerpen), Belgium

2009 Monde Sauvage Safari Parc (Aywaille), Belgium

2014 Olmense Zoo (Olmen-Balen), Belgium

2013 Allwetter Zoo (Münster), Germany

2010 Kölner Zoo (Köln), Germany

2012 Zoo Dortmund (Dortmund), Germany

2012 Zoo Duisburg (Duisburg), Germany

2010 Zoo Frankfurt (Frankfurt), Germany

2010 Zoo Krefeld (Krefeld), Germany

2014 Zoo Osnabrück (Osnabrück), Germany

2010, 2012 Zoo Wuppertal (Wuppertal), Germany

2013 ZOOM Erlebniswelt (Gelsenkirchen), Germany

2012 Le Parc des Félins (Lumigny-Nesles-Ormeaux), France

2012 Seaworld Val d’Europe (Marne-la-Vallée), France


How can you love animals and be a zoo photographer? Why not go see them in the wild?

Just because we’re zoo photographers, doesn’t mean we d not love to see animals in the love. We do, as a matter of fact, very much.

Truth is, to visit some of the places where the animals live that I’d just love to see for real, in the wild and everything, we’d need LOTS of money – and luck. (Just because you’ve spend a ton of money on the vacation of your dreams, is no guarantee that we’ll actually get to see what we came for.)Being students and currently unemployed, is not the perfect situation to get the funds together for a proper dream vacay.

If you look at the list of zoos we’ve visited, you may think we’re absolutely pro-zoo. We don’t have a definitive answer to that, and I don’t think it would be sufficient to satisfy everyone. All I can say is that I support the educational and conservational efforts of zoos, to keep endangered species alive and around for another generation. Zoos at least know what they’re doing in taking care of a wild animal – it’s not a job for just any hobbyist.

Do we think animals would be happier if they did not live in a zoo? Honestly, who really knows the answer to that question? You can not crave what you have never known. I’ve never had a peek behind the scenes, but I believe that at least most, perhaps many (I hope all) of the zoos I’ve visited treat their animals well. Of course it would sometimes be nice to see big cats and such move around more, but then I realize: the animals do not realize you came to the zoo to gawk at them and see them act tough, play and move around. It’s their every-day life. So there are lucky days in the zoo, and very unlucky days (rain, no moving, no nothing :(). You can’t choose your days beforehand, you just have to be happy with the photos you managed to take ;)


What’s with “Mouselemur”?

This is going to sound kind of lame, but the Mouselemur actually wanted a username involving “Fennec”. That was already taken (and there are a lot of varieties).

I guess she couldn’t think of a more bad-ass name – you know, something like Freakish-By-Nature, but then, you’d be stuck with that for years on end… - but all the other Foxes had already been taken, also in quite the multitude.

On a visit to Natura Artis Magistra, we finally spotted the magical nocturnal creatures next to the Fennec Foxes. It granted us the first half-decent photo of a Gray Dwarf Mouse Lemur. Combine that forever memory (and photo) with the clip of Jeff Corwin on Madagascar finding a baby of this super-cute animal, and her heart was forever sold on the lovely half-primate :heart: :squee:

There’s not much logic going from a Fennec Fox username, to that of a Mouse Lemur, but there you have it. And check out our avatar: it’s awesome and MOVING :D :la:



The Mouselemur has only gotten to suggesting DDs the past year-and-a-half, I think, and I thought it would be fun to show those that have actually received one here :)


An Unlikely Friendship by FoldedWilderness Leap of Faith by mitanei

Sama by kaush The FIrst Dance by spinklefinkle


It’s really fun to see some DDs being given that have just recently crossed either one of our paths while doing our “work” as an admin for one of the groups we help with, and it actually sometimes inspires to suggest a DD :)



Hope this journal answers all of your questions regarding us, and if you have any pertinent questions still left unanswered, feel free to drop them in the comments and we’ll answer them :D


As always, lots of love,

Mouselemur & Me :blowkiss:



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