Well first time I went to the zoos with my camera I never thought of using flash, all I had was my popup and that was not good enough - too harsh. Now I have a nice and flashy speedlite and also a softbox, but I am wondering if I really should do any flash in the zoo at all? Even with the softbox is still not a dim light and animals in the zoo are often within range of the flashes effects so the question becomes two fold: 1) is flash photography allowed? I know many of the darker inside areas do not allow it - for good reason that they are dark for the animals - but what about outsie - is it allowed? 2) is it - best word is morally - right to do so in the first place? What are the thoughts of other zoo and captive animal photographers?