Written by 12:37 pm Kansas City

Shooting Elephants at the Kansas City Zoo

On Monday, I went to the Kansas City Zoo at Swope Park and wanted to test out the Nikon 80-200mm. Over the next few days, I will be posting some images from that trip. Today, we have the elephants. They have a nice open area at the zoo. It is quite large to be honest.

When I first saw the area, I did not realize it was as big it as was. It actually seems like two different areas with a path between them. They even have a little pool to get wet in when they want. I also noticed they have a covering to stay cool in the Missouri heat.

Comparing the Zoo

The last zoo I was at was the Manila Zoo a few years ago. They had a small area for one elephant that is really not that good. Mali is what she is called and it is known as the World’s loneliest elephant. So comparing it to the Manila Zoo, the area for the elephants in Kansas City is much nicer.

It has been quite some time since I have been to the zoo in St. Louis or Omaha but I would guess that the area for the elephants here is just as good if not better.

Shooting with the Nikon 80-200mm

I am glad that I had the Nikon 80-200mm with me. Some of the elephants was quite the distance from me. This made me able to get decent shots with detail (fill the frame) while being safely from them. (Plus, there is fencing between me and them!)

There are even a few cases (not with the elephants) that I needed even more reach that I had with the lens and using a cropped camera. (I was using the Nikon D7200) Overall, it was a great setup.


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