Animals and Zoos
DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE. I AM NOT A LAWYER. DO NOT DEPEND ON THIS.
By Andrew Hudson Published: June 7, 2011 Updated: May 17, 2017
Animals have no privacy rights, so you are free to photograph them. This includes at zoos and other parks, as long as you don’t include any designs or artwork that could have copyright.
A zoo can’t stop you from photographing something that you can normally see, but they can revoke your entry and ask you to leave. See trespassing
Zoological Locations such as Seaworld, San Diego Zoo, Busch Gardens, etc - Logos, images from theme parks, shows, attractions, products, animals, productions, characters or word marks are all protected and cannot be photographed for commercial use.
For clarity this policy applies to ALL zoological locations.
Zoological Locations & Theme or Amusement Parks
Images taken at Zoos and Theme and Amusement parks, including but not limited to identifiable enclosures, installations and animals cannot be uploaded to iStockphoto. Most places that charge entrance fees have restrictions (which may include fees & approval on usage) or prohibit filming and photography on their properties for commercial purposes.
Don’t attempt to sell photos of animal shows without permission, as the artistic display can be protected by copyright.
“Disney logos, images from theme parks, attractions, products, productions, movies, characters or word marks cannot be used in royalty-free imagery.”