A young baboon clings to its mother in their enclosure at the former city zoo now known as Eco Parque, July 8, 2016, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A year after the zoo closed its doors and was transformed into a park, hundreds of animals remain behind bars and in a noisy limbo. #APPhoto by @natachapisarenko
Conservationists complain that a year after the transformation from zoo to park, the remaining animals still live in antiquated enclosures widely considered inhumane by modern standards — and say the city government’s new plan gives few specifics of how improvements will be made.
For the past year, AP photographer Natacha Pisarenko has been documenting the condition of the animals at the park. "What I tried was to try to wait for an expression, or an action or a behavior that will identify them. And also to get to know them because it takes a long time to see what they can and cannot do. I have a photo of the gaze of a chimpanzee that says a lot because looks tell you a lot, be it in us or in animals." - Pisarenko on her approach to covering this assignment
For the next few days, we will be sharing photos from the photo essay Argentina Zoo Crisis. #baboon #babybaboon #zoo #EcoParque #BuenosAires #animals #NatachaPisarenko #AP #AssociatedPress