Scientists tell us that the Great Apes are our closest living relatives based on DNA studies. Some people may not believe that apes and humans are related based on religious grounds, but there is no denying that the Great Apes all display emotions that we can recognise in humans. If we humans value freedom so much for ourselves and could not think how we could even cope with being held in captivity for doing nothing wrong, how could we be so sure that similar emotions might not be going through the apes mind.
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It's a sad situation isn't it. Humans destroy the habitats that these animals live in, and some kill them for game or for food. Right now, it does seem that keeping them in zoos is one way for the survival of their species, though not the ideal.
Out of curiosity, what is your solution for extinction?
You seem a thoughtful and considerate person Annsalo. What do you think ofbthis : http://www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/dont-zoos-help-...
I think it's a valid pt, however in the meantime of trying to stop the cause for extinction we have to continue to keep captive and populate. Ideal world we wouldn't need to, but fixing the problem in the wild is not overnight fix.