Should They Live in Zoos?
Should they LIVE in ZOOs?
IN FRONT of the CAGE
Zoo is a common place for us. Almost everyone has been there before, if not now, maybe during their childhood. Parents love taking their children to spend a day in the zoo. Zoo gives many benefits for the family. It provides entertainment and education to bring them closer to one another as they have their bonding days. New experiences are not to be forgotten as well.
The experience to get out of the house and having an outdoor experience in the zoo is a unique and memorable experience for youngsters nowadays. Do you still remember your excitement when you see those animals that you usually see in your textbook are alive? I am sure, first time being feels like going to a wonderland.
In facts, kids are getting more knowledge until they can even correct their parents about the name of some wild animals they see in the zoo. They have become more knowledgeable than before. Some programs to educate visitors regarding preservation of endangered species are also introduced. In an article published by Treehugger.com, over half of London Zoo visitors surveyed between ages of 7 to 14 showed improved knowledge the conservation of endangered species.
So far, zoo seems good, doesn’t it? But, is it true?
BEHIND the FENCE
Have you ever considered being the animals in the zoo? Have you ever wonder how it feels to live behind the fence? It seems that it is not as happy as the lives beyond the fence. In spite of the knowledge that we get about different species and characteristics of animals, we don’t really understand their feeling of being kept in a cage.
Some zoo animals even show signs of being extremely depressed due to their captivities. No matter how hard zoo tries to imitate the ambience of the true habitat of the animal, it will never be the same. The similar appearance won’t give them the same freedom.
Million dollars are used to fund the development of the zoo’s facilities. Yet, how big can a zoo be compare to the boundless fields, ocean and forests out there? It is not difficult to see how animals come to suffer from depression due to this matter. This depression is often known as “Zoochosis”. Those animals who suffer from it might show various signs from one another.
According to circuswatchwa.org, abnormal behavior due to zoochosis are bar biting, pacing, tongue playing, circling, neck twisting, vomiting, some of them even play and eat their excrement. There are still long lists of abnormal activities that these animals do to run away from their depressions. Can you imagine how sad they must be?
BEYOND AND BEHIND the FENCE, we can see different things. Perspective does make a big difference. Zoo attempts to preserve the animals. However, they don’t realize that in doing so can affect the mental health of the ones they wanted to save. BornFree.org stated that to ensure the welfare of animals in captivity is extremely challenging. Animals have evolved over millennia. Their physical, behavioral, and physiological have developed to optimize their chances of survival in their natural environment. Being kept in captivity, they are not prepared with sufficient developments to aid them in facing the challenges. The climate, diet, and the size and characteristics of enclosure may be alien to them.
Understanding this problem, zoos are trying to come up with better facilities for the well being of the animals living there. Yet, it is not an easy task at all. Some of them simply just don’t have enough funds to improve the facilities. What do you think? Should the animals live in the zoos? Regardless it is true or not, zoo is still an attractive tourist attraction where conservations and researches are held.
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