Many zoos today say their main purpose is breeding endangered species in captivity and reintroducing them into the wild (Masci, D., 2000, April 28). Zoos have many benefits, not just for the animals themselves, but also the humans who can enjoy them. People, as a whole, are becoming increasingly distant from nature as we move to bigger cities and away from the wildlife. For many, real experiences with wild animals can only be found in zoos (Masci, D., 2000, April 28). With education comes recognition and worry.
This debate has gone on for generations and average folk are stuck in the middle, not knowing which side to stand on. The animals being kept in captivity could not be interviewed; their side of the story will be based on interpretation on their movement and interaction with animals in the zoo and in the wild. Are animals better suited to live in the harsh conditions of the wild or are they better suited to live their lives safely in captivity? Many animal rights activist argue that animals should be allowed to live their lives in the wild instead of captivity. That we as humans have no right to neither alter the fate of other species nor use them for our personal benefits.
Zoos are protecting endangered animals every day. Zoos are reaching out and taking action to save exotic animals that cannot be taken care of by owner. For example, a monkey is considered exotic and people should not own them. Exotic animals are not familiar with humans and can change their demeanor on humans in a split second and attack. The most natural place for animals is in the wild, but zoos are making life for animals better and animals live longer in zoos then they would in the wild.
Getting families involved with zoos means a lot. Especially today’s families because they have a very high outlook on teaching their children about nature and respect for living things in the world (Especially). At the Saint Louis Zoo about 400,000 children and adults participated in their learning programs. The visitors who go to the Saint Louis Zoo rate it at a 9.1 on a scale from one to ten. Also, the entry fees to get into the zoo go towards more research so the zoo is even better for the animals living there (entry).
Tigers, lions, giraffes, and other exotic animals are rarely seen in the wild. However the public, without humans and/or animals being harmed at the same time, can see exotic animals when a zoo opens. Zoos for many are a wonderful experience, but to others they see the animals as being treated poorly and not able to roam free. These people do not consider the beneficial sides of zoos. Zoos around the world help species that have been endangered by protecting and caring for them.
&... ... middle of paper ... ...oadside zoos at all costs. If no one visits these substandard operations, they will be forced to close down. Contact PETA and start your own "Zoocheck" program in your local zoo. Zoos claim that they are good for research, but the purpose of most zoos' research is to find ways to breed and maintain more animals in captivity. If zoos ceased to exist, so would the need for most of their research.
Among many other fun and exciting attraction to visit around our community, a visit to the zoo has always been a memorable experience. This cost effective priceless lifetime experience is being undermined by a group of activists all around the country. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), world largest animal rights organization, argue that zoos deprived animals from satisfying their most basic needs. They urge not to patronized zoos and claims that the money spent on ticket purchases pays for animals to be imprisoned and traded, not rescued and rehabilitated. They go on saying in summary that zoos strip animals from their rights.
All over the world, millions of animals are kept in captivity for our entertainment or education. Even though modern zoos try to produce natural conditions for the animals that are sheltered there, wild animals suffer physically and mentally from the lack of freedom that these zoos impose. These environments are artificial. A zoo is where wild animals are held in reserve for exhibition. Zoos are not considered ecosystems because an ecosystem is defined as a “space in which interactions take place between a community, with all its complex interrelationships, and physical environment” (Enger and Smith 94).
The animals’ natural behaviors and comfortable exhibits allow the public to observe and learn from these interesting animals, while the animals live a life of luxury that would not be possible in the wild. Animals are fed, cleaned, and monitored by their keepers (“Zoo”). In the wild, animals struggle every day just to fill their empty stomachs. However, in captivity, animals do not have to worry about when they will get their next meal because zoo keepers are there providing them with everything they need to live long happy lives. Twins are common among pandas, but in the wild, the mother would not be capable of caring for both, so one would eventually die; however, in captivity, scientists can take care of one cub whil... ... middle of paper ... ...s are trying to conserve the world’s extraordinary animals so that people will never have to answer this unsettling question.
Certain zoos also promote the conservation of endangered species. To people of all ages, zoos are just plain fun. This essay will support the operation of zoos based on their entertainment and educational value, and their ability to save some species from extinction. Most zoos, depending on the location, house animals from all over the world. Each zoo needs to be in a place where local animals, as well as exotic, can survive and live comfortably.