Animals live longer in zoos or captivity because they are in hands of veterinarians who specialize in the study of animals and their health. As well as, the animals don’t have to go through a lack of food, diseases that spread from animal to animal, and natural disasters that happen throughout the world (animals). In a zoo animals can avoid bullying and social ostracism that happens out in the wild. An example is when a member of that species group cannot keep up with the others, so they are left behind and end up dying (member). Zoos do not only keep the animals safe and breed them to make their population grow but also, let scientist and veterinarians learn more about them to help the others in the wild (zoos).
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.
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.
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.
Although this argument is valid to some point, but it only help children to get acquainted with only some species of animals. (“10 facts about zoo”). But that still does not mean that it is reasonable to keep them enclosed in their cages. “Instead it should be allowed for animals to roam freely in sanctuaries and national parks as that will let children and people to witness the interactions between nature and wild animals. Creating sanctuaries will also help scientists in their study of these animals as they will get to study creatures unrestricted and close to their homes, instead of those who are kept within cages and forced to behave in a single way.
Zoos mainly have and breed animals they think people will most be attracted to, thus increasing revenue. Resources and money that could be spent on threatened animals is being used to incarcerate animals that are doing fine on their own. I believe that a true sanctuary does not buy, sell, breed, or exploit its a... ... middle of paper ... ...ed, but quite frankly I believe the zoo concept has reached an evolutionary dead-end: millions of captive animals in inadequate, unnatural conditions, many suffering or displaying abnormal behaviours, few endangered species and even fewer released to the wild.” Claims Stevenson (21). “…the existence of such animals does not depend on human action. If we avoid hunting them down or destroying their ecosystems, they can survive.” Zamir states (197).
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.
David Hone, a dinosaur and pterosaurs specialist and previous zoo volunteer, reveals that there are in fact good zoos. Again, he believes that good zoos are institutions that provide superb care and protection to the animals it houses. A monumental amount of species is going extinct and becoming increasingly threatened across the whole Earth. Dr. Hone clearly states, “Zoos protect against a species going extinct.” However, activists disagree and claim that captivity in zoos is not a humane way to preserve animal lives. Such activists believe that the wild animals kept in zoos should be left alone in the wild with their inherent freedom.
Where a wild animal is free to roam and explore the world, one in a zoo is confined to a small area. Also, Zoos claim to want to protect species from extinction, but usually the zoos just want animals because they are exotic or popular. These exotic animals are put into an unnatural environment and upsets their native ecology. A zoo wants these exotic animals primarily for the purpose of promoting tourism and generating money. Zoos claim to want to protect species from extinction, which sounds good on the surface, but in reality only want to draw crowd and publicity.
Without these animals being in zoos where they can be studied by their behavior and reactions to things, they would not be able to be helped when sick or injured. Conservation efforts have also found ways to improve because of the research they have gathered. The profits that many zoos have earned, donate a proportion to these conservation projects. Zoos also help preserve animal species that would otherwise be extinct. There are special breeding programs where zoos take these endangered animals and breed them to add them to the population.