What are the good and bad conditions of the modern day zoo?
Most people feel at least the animals in zoos get treated pretty well these days. What do think are the pros and cons of todays zoos?
Animals are held in captivity, simply for our curiosity. This can cause sporadic cases of poor treatment that would certainly be considered a downgrade from the natural habitat.
Zoos do not keep animal purely for our curiosity. Most zoos have breeding programs for threatened and endangered animals. Also, although the research could be seen as fulfilling our selfish curiosity, what we learn is used to help animals and better understand our world.
I do think that animals are kept extremely well in most AZA zoos. It could always be better. Yes, they are confined, but they don't usually have to worry about predators, they don't have to waste energy on hunting/foraging (or it is significantly decreased), they are less subject to environmental issues, such as drought, famine. extreme temperatures and they get the top veterinary care. Most animals live longer in captivity than in the wild.
by Dana Strang 5 years ago
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by Real Life Stories 2 years ago
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by B M Gunn 21 months ago
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by silverstararrow 6 years ago
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