More than skills
The patience of a saint
To take great pictures of animals, the zoo photographer must have the patience of a saint. The zoo animals do not comprehend human's ridiculous need to take pictures. Thus, they will not pose themselves for the mere sake of a perfectly composed photograph! They would rather stay in shaded areas to be more comfortable. But sometimes, they will also want to explore their cage. Thus, if the photographer is patient enough, he/she can take pictures of the animals during these moments.
The passion of a lover
Chances are, there will be no great financial reward for pictures taken at the zoo. A photographer will have a very difficult time making a lucrative career out of zoo photography. Thus, the fun of taking pictures of animals at the zoo rapidly loses its appeal. Very few photographers have the passion and dedication to take pictures of animals, zoo after zoo and after zoo.
The madness of a genius
People know the most irritating attitude of geniuses – that these geniuses know something but they don't bother to explain it in plain English. The truth is that even zoo photographers could not really explain the attraction of taking pictures of animals. Some call it an affinity with animals. Others think that it is the photographers’ compassion that propels them to take pictures of animals. But no one really knows the real reason.
The stamina of an athlete
The zoo photographer must have the stamina of an athlete due to the simple fact that the zoo is not a small place. It is easy to give up zoo photography because it is hard work. Touring the whole zoo can be physically demanding, but zoo photographers must endure and persevere.