Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Caged and Safe OR Wild and Free ?

The funding crisis at many zoos has reopened the debate over the
values of zoos and whether they should be allowed to exist at all.
People who are in favor of zoos argue that they perform an essential
role in conserving rare animal species. Conservationists estimate that
today at least 1000 species of animals are threatened. Over the past
20 years zoos have developed programs designed to help preserved
endangered species. This involves breeding animals in captivity in
‘captive breeding programs’- and then reintroducing them into natural
habitats to replenish the number living in the wild.
Zoos cooperate with each other in order to ensure the success of their
breeding programs. Animals are passed from one zoo to another in order
to prevent inbreeding- breeding from closely related animals. If
animals that are closely related to one another mate, there is a
danger that they will produce deformed offspring.
Supporters of zoos argue that they have an important role in educating
children, millions of whom visit zoos every year. If zoos were forced
to close it would be disastrous for world conservation, zoo supporters
say. And most animals in captivity would have to be killed, “It does
not take much imagination to realize that the closure of all zoos
would mean deliberate destruction” the National federation of zoos

Opponents of zoos accept that some species have been saved from
extinction by “captive breeding programs”, but they argue that this
offers no solution to the world wide conservation crisis.
The number of animals protected by zoos is tiny compared with the
overall problem. It cost million to save the Arabian Oryx form dying
out; but could that amount be found for every species that is
endangered? The value of zoo-breeding programs is also questioned as
some species, such as the African elephant, do not produce well in
Captive animals are often kept in poor and inhumane conditions,
opponent says. In the worst zoos, animals are still displayed for the
entertainment of the public. Where animals are placed poverished and
unsuitable surroundings, they often behave in abnormal and neurotic
When children visit zoos where animals are behaving in a neurotic and
abnormal ways, they are not being educated. Instead opponent says,
they are being given an inaccurate picture of animal behavior. A more
precise way and informative impression is available to children every
day, through a wildlife programs on television.

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2 comments: on "Caged and Safe OR Wild and Free ?"

Anonymous said...

Hi Vicky!

Zoos are like everything else. You have got very many honest and helpful zoos and you have a few zoos that are just thinking about the money and don't care about the health of the animals.

Zoos are controlled and hopefully, they are doing more good than arm.

I have a zoo near my house which is awesome! It's one of the most beautiful and biggest zoo in Europe and they add animals every year. They even have seals and a show with them.

If a zoo succeed to make animals have babies with particular species like hippos, it means the environment is good and the animals are happy.

Talk to you soon,

Anonymous said...

Morning Vicky!

Animal behavior in the zoo does not reveal their actual behavior. they become weak and are not educated and difficult to survive if returned to their habitat. I do not know how to defend their lives because of human population is very high.

To keep the animals need a lot of cost, food, medicine, nursing. I think the government can provide assistance.

See You Soon

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