Zoo'sAre zoo limiting the life of animals, true or false? (No Right or Wrong answers!)

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pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It depends on the zoo. Most modern zoos work hard to give their animals large enclosures and a proper diet; those that do not do this should be shut down for humane reasons. That being said, the animals in a zoo generally live a longer life than they would in the wild, and they receive veterinary care when they are sick or injured.They are allowed to breed only when the zoo has a plan for care of the offspring.

Zoos also have become important repositories for biological diversity. Zoos worldwide have collaborated to create breeding databases so that they can work together to ensure the continued existence of endangered species in their care.

Additionally, zoos allow people to see animals first hand that they might never see in the wild. Hopefully this can help raise awareness and a feeling of connection with the planet and its creatures, so that humans will work together to maintain the earth's biodiversity, rather than destroying it. If this is true, then the animals in the zoo have performed a noble task for their entire species.

mlsiasebs eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For the most part yes, but the limitations depend greatly upon the type of animal.  For animals that normally live in a smaller area being in a carefully constructed zoo would not be a huge impact.  For most animals, even the best zoos in the world cannot truly recreate the exact environment in which an animal lives. 

Even with the limits, I think zoos are important because they expose people to a variety of animals and hopefully, people will see that we need to protect the natural habitats of animals in the wild.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Because of "progress" in which the natural habitant of animals has been destroyed by encroaching civilization, and because of poaching, there are many wild animals that do not exist outside of zoos and privately owned game preserves.  Others in zoos represent vanishing species that are threatened in the wild with existinction.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Modern zoos do not really, in my opinion.  They are much better than the old system of just having animals in cages.  Sure, the animals don't get to roam around the way they would in the wild.  But they also don't have to worry about getting killed, which seems like a pretty major plus.

rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It depends on the zoo. Many are still pretty confining, and my suspicion is that they vary in how they treat animals as well. They have come a long way from when I was a kid, and animals were basically caged for people to walk by and view.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think it really does depend on the zoo.   Some zoos are much better than others.  It may be stereotype, but I think a lot of smaller zoos really have a challenge in keeping the animals healthy, because they lack the resources.

maladies | Student
Thank you, everyone for your facts!
najm1947 | Student

The discussion on Zoo in topic Law seems to have a different connotation for me. If a zoo is to protect the animals from savagery of other animals and save them from extinction then we must answer the two basic questions:

  1. Why animals kill other animals?
  2. Why these animals are getting extinct?

The killing is generally not by their own kind for anything else but is to feed their hunger and to save them from getting extinct. They also do it to their own kind to have a larger tribe/pride. And we find human race responsible for their getting extinct. One thing is for sure – the animals of same kind hardly kill each other except for having a large territory for food or for dominance rising out of their sexual desire.

Comparing this to the animal form of type homo-sapiens-sapiens (HSS), one may say killing of HSS by HSS have been much more. All this had been and is being justified in so many names including war against terror resulting in genocide but labeled as war for peace. I think it will be a better idea to put all HHS type animals in a zoo so that animals from the wild can come to see such amazing creatures. And even if we do not do that, the world has already become a zoo.


wanderista | Student

Zoos are okay in my opinion, but the animals have to be treated extremely well to compensate for their absence in the wild. Animals should and deserve rights - who are we to treat them like objects when they are clearly living beings?

maladies | Student
In reply to #2: Thank you for letting me see the zoo, from someone's other point of view!:)