Going to the Zoo
December 9, 2006 5:34pm CST
As an animal lover how do you feel about zoo's in general, do you feel its ok to keep wild animals caged for the amusement of onlookers? I understand about hurt and injured animals being rehabed back to health.
• United States
11 Dec 06
For a great many species the zoo or capitivity is the only way they can survive. Many habitats have fallen to development, drought, fire etc...habitats which were once rich in wildlife. Most zoos take very good care of the animals within their walls, keeping them well fed and healthy. Breeding programs are in effect, in hopes of being able to one day return the offspring to the wild. Diversity in the zoo means diversity in the gene pool for the endangered species...keeping 'related' animals separate from each other insures a healthy gene pool. Enrichment programs have been instituted, giving the animals things as close as possible to what they may experience in the wild. The animals in captivity have a longer life span than those in the wild, fewer injuries and better over all health. While they are still wild animals they can and do bond with their care takers. And have you ever wondered if you are at the zoo to see the animals or there for them to see you?