Growing up our parents took us to the zoo. We may or may not have enjoyed going to such an attraction. For those that loved the zoo, the zoo provided wonder and excitement. To see exotic animals that don't live in your native land can be exciting for a child. However, in recent times it's been a controversy for some to visit and support.
With the release of the documentary, Blackfish, of Sea World we have become more aware of how animals are actually treated in certain attractions or facilities. We also became more aware of animal's mental health when Harambe a Gorilla attacked a child who fell into the enclosure.
Zoos, however, have come a long way and are becoming better than they use to be. At least in America. Other countries such as China have no rules in maintaining a well taken care of zoo.
Listed below I go over the pros and cons of zoos:
1. Zoos support international breeding programs for endangered species. In the wild, the rarest species have a hard time finding mates to breed. Not to mention the threat of poachers and deforestation. By having these programs it allows for endangered species to continue.
2. Zoos can educate people about the need for conservation. It inspires people to become more caring about animals and nature.
3. Important research goes on in zoos. The research that zoologists perform in zoos helps further conservation efforts because they better understand the animals and their habitat.
4. Safety and security for the animals. Animals feel safe and secure. They won't become the next meal for a lion or other predator. They are also safe from poachers and other human dangers.
1. Zookeepers miss-treat the animals. Like other animal facilities, there are the zoo or animal keepers who miss-treat the animals. They beat, tease, and neglect the animals. This is not OK!
2. Zoos are seen as a human amusement. Zoo enclosures are small and often animals are forced to see human faces all day. This can look like the animals are just there for amusement. It's a sad thing to see for sure.
3. Natural animal behaviors are changed. When animals are enclosed in a small area, behaviors change. This can disrupt their life and the other animals in their enclosure.
4. Animals mental health deteriorates. When enclosed in a small area with no place to run or at least run for very far can be detrimental to an animal's health. They become depressed and withdraw from the other animals. They can also become overweight or obese.
Zoos are definitely a controversial topic. There are so many pros and cons it's hard to whether or not they are exactly "bad". Whether or not you decide to support them is up to you.
You can check the list of top 12 best zoos in the world for their conservation efforts - HERE.
Tell me in the comments if you enjoy going to the zoo or don't support them.
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