Zoos that allow photography

Animals are always a big attraction for amateur and professional photographers.


We do ask that you have permission to sell pictures taken at zoo's and other wildlife sanctuaries. With the help of the community, we can help everyone by getting the right information.

If anyone would like to contribute to the list, please send and email to: customercare@photo4me.com with the name of the zoo, location (post code) as well as proof of the ability to sell your image for commercial gain. A short list of animals could also be helpful.

Keep in mind the following when taking pictures of wild animals in zoo's or animal sanctuaries.

- No fences, cages or anything that would hint that they are in a closed/confined space.

-  Please take into account the nature of the picture and avoid flash photography if possible at zoo's and sanctuaries that allow it.

Current list that will allow commercial photography, and has the appropriate accreditation.

Exmoor Zoo

Paignton Zoo (location credit required)

- Living Coasts (location credit required)

- Newquay Zoo (location credit required)

Plymouth Aquarium (not permitted to use their logo, brand identity, or name and no flash photography is allowed)

- Tropical Birdland, Desford, Leicestershire (They have a sign at the entrance that says it is OK to photograph for sale though they do ask for the location to be included in the description.

- Dartmoor Zoo (location credit required)

- Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (location credit required, accreditation required, agrees that if picture is "magical" You would need to give them the picture which could be used on posters, guide book or advertising, CWPG would use it free of charge)

- Wingham Wildlife Park (location credit required)

- Twycross Zoo (They ask for location credit and ask for use of image for free for their own publicity) 

- The Aspinall Foundation Howletts (location credit required)

- The Aspinall Foundation Port-Lympne (Location credit required)

- Battersea Zoo - London -- (Location credit required - allow Battersea zoo the right to use your images free of charge)

- Blackpool Zoo (Location credit required)

- Paradise Wildlife Park (Location credit required - Asks that some art work be donated when possible to help raise funds for conservation work)


Many thanks to Jay LethbridgeSteev Stamford and Dave Godden who helped contribute to the list.


List updated as of May 4th 2016.

Please note: The Member is the owner of the image(s) uploaded to the site including the copyright therein and if there is any illegalities of the image uploaded by the member this is the members responsibility and the member will be liable. No liability or responsibility will transfer to photo4me.com and photo4me.com will cooperate with all legal requests to the best of their ability.

Zoo Photography continuation - Another Perspective.

As a keen fan and supporter of Zoo Photography, I would just like to support and follow on from Steev’s couple of postings to the Blog regarding Animals in Enclosures and Enclosures and how to overcome them. Many thanks to Steev Stamford for the previous postings.

The Longer the better ;) (Keep your thoughts clean please LOL)


Having a fairly long lens (focal length) is rather important to capturing animals at the zoo and there is not a single time when I don’t have my Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens on the camera body “before” entering the doors of the zoo.
The Longer the lens, the better for most animal captures at the zoo, besides a macro setting (which my lens has also, so no need to change lenses, which is also a bonus whilst at the zoo) for capturing those extreme “eye close ups” or small lizard or amphibious captures, should you wish to.

Bringing it Forward

Behind the Glass - Below is one of my most favourite shots from Paignton Zoo in Devon and this one was a shot captured through Glass, as was also previously mentioned in Steev’s other postings. Although the Cheetah was a good 20-30 odd feet away from the glass, as the title above says, I was able to “Bring it Forward”, using all of the 300mm available to me on the lens and get myself (which looks) really close to the animal, of which I was extremely pleased to get and as you can see, the details in the fur and face are amazing.


Through the Fence  - This other image below was captured at Dartmoor Zoological Park, but this time captured through a steel fence, but as has already been stated in a previous posting by Steev, the same principal applies by getting up “close and dirty” with the fence.


Although at Photo4Me the rules state that No Enclosures will be accepted, that doesn’t mean to say that your animal shots won’t be accepted on site if those enclosures are not in the shots. This can definitely be overcome be getting in close and dirty and as you have seen from a few postings here, we may be missing out on some terrific animal shots that you would not normally see unless you have infact captured them in their own environments and for some folk, that is not always possible and the best place for some folk to capture these wonderful animals is infact in a zoo environment.

So, don’t be so disheartened with those rules, it just means that no enclosures are allowed, it doesn’t mean No animal shots are allowed, infact, quite the opposite I would say ;)

I just wanted to show you from another persons point of view what can be achieved with animal captures at the zoo from behind Glass and Through a Steel Fence, but also still come out with some top notch animal shots that can also be very saleable ;)

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