The eyes of an animal when they consider man are attentive and wary . . .
The zoo cannot but disappoint.
The public purpose of zoos is to offer visitors the opportunity of looking at animals.
Yet nowhere in a zoo can a stranger encounter the look of an animal.
At the most, the animal’s gaze flickers and passes on.
They look sideways.
They look blindly beyond.
John Berger, Why Look at Animals? (1977) Pantheon, 1980, p2, 26.