Going to the zoo is one of many ways for people to entertain themselves. People also go to them for educational purposes or to do research. The main purposes of zoos, however, is to protect wildlife and let all of us understand the importance of nature.
There are many exotic animals that face the risk of dying out in the wild. Therefore, the zoo plays an important role in saving endangered animals.
But in Bangladesh National Zoo, the case is quite ironic. Visitors go there with the expectation to see the fun, playful side of the animals. Sometimes the animals are forced by the visitors to act in a certain way. But the visitors can’t see the actual situation inside the cages. The fear, the hunger, the pain, and the sadness… it seems as though the animals are kept as prisoners without having committed any crime!
This is a photo story about such animals in the Bangladesh National Zoo in the Mirpur section of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The story is not about the carelessness or the poor job done by the zookeepers. It’s about the pain of the animals that are kept in insufficiently small areas or cages, out of their habitat.
If people look into their eyes and feel the emotion and expression deep enough, they might hear the silent scream as well.
About the author: Shafiqul Islam is a photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Islam’s work on his website, Facebook, and Instagram.