That look between animal and man, which may have played a crucial role in the development of human society, and with which, in any case, all men had always lived until less than a century ago, has been extinguished. Looking at each animal, the unaccompanied zoo visitor is alone. As for the crowds, they belong to a species which has at last been isolated.
This historic loss, to which zoos are a monument, is now irredeemable for the culture of capitalism.
JOHN BERGER, from “WHY LOOK AT ANIMALS?”, 1977.
The classical phrase used by ancient Roman and Medieval cartographers was HIC SVNT LEONES (literally, “here are lions”) when denoting unknown territories on maps. (Wikipedia)