If you are planning to take an African safari to photograph wildlife in Kenya, Tanzania, or Botswana, start by getting a few days of practice at a zoo in your area. A trip to the zoo will give you the opportunity to learn how to operate your camera properly so that you can capture the best possible photos of all the creatures you will find in the wild.
Many large cities and many medium-sized cities in the United States have a zoo. There are over 2,500 zoos spread across the country. Zoos used to have long rows of cages keeping their animals "behind bars." New zoos have been totally redesigned to resemble their animal''s natural habitats. A few safari parks scattered across the United States are offering guided tours through expansive environments with a variety of large animals, like elephants and giraffes.