Sunday, August 10, 2014

Depending on your point of view, zoos are either sanctuaries of education and conservation or unnecessary prisons for our entertainment.

Mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz) with an itchy nose!

 Most wild animals require specific habitats and diets, and even the best zoos will find it near impossible to replicate the conditions of the wild. How do we replicate the open sky for a bald eagle?

Many animals have been seen to have developed ‘Zoochosis:’ a term which refers to stress behaviour exhibited by zoo animals. This can include obsessive grooming by big cats, or repetitive pacing movements. This stress is believed to be caused by the presence of the public, lack of freedom, and inadequate cages.
Zoos enable endangered animals to be protected from predators, and humans who hunt animals for commodities such as fur and medicines. 

 With the recent extinction of the Pinta giant tortoise, conservationists need to be creative to protect all life. Some species are so rare that they are only seen every few years. The Asian unicorn or saola has only been seen 4 times since it was discovered in 1992. (Image taken at the Darwin Station- Galapagos 2013)

Zoos have an important role in educating the public; helping them to appreciate wild animals up close.  What are your thoughts? 

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