Did you know that moose are native to Switzerland and once wandered the shores of lake Zurich roughly 900 years ago? More recently, researchers have seen wild wolves give birth to pups in a remote corner of the country. If you thought Switzerland lacked any wildlife – you guessed wrong! Closer to Zurich, there are great wildlife viewing (and photographing) opportunities. Creatures big and small can be seen and enjoyed in an outdoor setting. Their enclosures closely resemble the animals’ natural habitats, rather than the noisy environment of a zoo. Test your wildlife photography skills and gain some tips and feedback from Matt and Dagmar Anderson – two wildlife enthusiasts who are regular visitors to this “urban safari” location.
Our group will rendezvous at the Zurich HB before departing to our location in the Viewfinder van. Upon arriving, we’ll enjoy a private park tour by an English speaking park ranger. Participants will be introduced to the location and its many photo-worthy subjects. Matt will get you starting with some helpful camera tips and strategies for shooting several of the park’s elusive subjects. Those with an interest in macro photography will have the chance to get creative as well.
Participants who have an interest in receiving feedback and discussing their experiences are welcome to join us at the Viewfinder Center on the Thursday following our excursion, from 19:00 – 21:30. Participants are kindly asked to submit 3-5 JPG images via our provided upload link before the feedback session. Details provided at the event.
30 min drive from Zurich HB.
EN/DE: This trip is conducted in English but both trip leaders speak German/Swiss German and English fluently.
The Viewfinder van will depart from the Zurich HB at 08:00, returning in the evening by ca. 15:00.
Open to all skill levels and all ages. Foundational photography skills, such as those covered in Viewfinder’s popular dSLR 1-2-3 Digital Photography Course are helpful but not required.
We recommend a digital SLR camera (or mirrorless style camera) for this trip. Bring your longest lens to this shoot, (those which reach up to 300mm or 400mm are ideal). If you’d like to rent a lens for the day, please contact us in advance for suggestions.
We’ll pause for lunch around 11:30 and grab a quick bite from the informal self-serving restaurant in the park. Lunch is purchased individually and not covered by the registration fee.
Minimum of 5 participants, Maximum of 10.
Matt and Dagmar Anderson
Registration closes three days before event.
This event will take place rain or shine. Please have a look at the forecast in advance and dress for outdoor conditions and moderate walking. Good walking shoes and a rain jacket are must-haves.