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Zoo benefits and
Transcript of Zoo benefits and
Spoiled Animals Become Dependent
The Atlanta Zoo's vision is to envision a world in which humankind values, protects, and preserves the diversity of species on Earth. The Zoo is working on helping to breed endangered or threatened species.
They are teaming up with the Chengdu in China to research captive animals at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Animals are spoiled with food and all needs from zookeepers so they don't get to use their natural instincts of hunting and catching their own prey. This restricts the way that they live so if ever thrown in the wild they wouldn't know how to survive and would likely die.
Madison and Jessica
Monday, May 19th, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Not Enough Room
Unable to meet needs
A recurring issue seen in zoos is that they do not have adequate space to fit all the animal's needs that they try to keep. This giraffe at the Copenhagen zoo is a prime example of zoos not having enough space. The managers of the zoo deal with what animals get to stay since there is not enough room to keep all animals that will be produced. As giraffes are not near extinction or even endangerment, the managers decided that it would be in the zoos best favor to get rid of one to make room for more of an endangered species that needs to be breed. After the giraffe was killed, they fed it to one of their lions.
In a zoo, as much knowledge filled as humans are, we still do not know exactly what an animal is thinking. As this concern comes up, we are unable to fill all the requirements of zoo animals. Some of these things include: not knowing when an animal wants to eat, not knowing when they want to play, not knowing when they are wanting to hunt, etc. Zoos cannot fulfill requirements of animals that they are unaware about, this is why being in the wild can be healthier and mentally more stable for animals than living in zoos.
Similarly, zoos are not around 24/7 and therefore can not always monitor the animals habitats to make sure they always have enough food and water. If animals were in the wild though, they would be able to go out and hunt whenever they were hungry and they would not have to wait.
Positives and Negatives of Zoos
Too much trust and expectation leads to human danger
Also, if not kept under conditions healthy for both people and animals, it's likely that either animals can be hurt or humans. At a zoo in Argentina, humans are allowed to freely roam with animals such as lions, bears, and cheetahs. This is a very bad situation because these wild animals are so unpredictable even if they were trained. For example, a gorilla killed 4 people after escaping out of its exhibit and was shot by cops. This situation involved humans being protected by cops from dangerous animals, but the animal had to be killed. Was it the animals fault that it's trapped in a zoo?
Raised like children?
This is where we hear all the big headlines: "Gorilla Tore Woman's Face off!
Crazy from Captivity
Another big issue in zoos is that animals do not have adequate space to fit their habitat needs. Animals do not have space to be able to migrate, hunt, and other activities vital to maintaining their mental health. With not having enough space, animals go crazy from being contained within their exhibits. "With nothing to do, animals in zoos sleep too much, eat too much, and exhibit behavior that is rarely, if ever, seen in the wild. Primates throw feces and engage in “regurgitation and reingestion”—vomiting and then consuming the vomit." This quote explains the ways in which an animal's mental health can be negatively affected in zoos. Bad mental health that other animals may have from captivity, such as gorillas and chimpanzees can result in those animals behaving much more aggressively and possibly hurting zoo keepers and other people getting too close to them. All around, captivity is a big issue for animals in zoos.
The Atlanta Zoo has created the Great Ape Heart Project addresses a critical need to investigate and understand cardiovascular disease in Great Apes.
On July 15th of this past year, a set of twin panda cubs were born at the Atlanta Zoo. It was the first set of twin pandas in the U.S. since 1987. The Zoo commented that during normal circumstances in the wild, both cubs would not have made it. But the zoo staff was able to take car of the panda cub that the mother was not until it recognized it needed to care of the 2.
Zoos have a major impact on America's economy. Zoos and aquariums help to circulate money through jobs and visitors.
Zoo's create around 142,000 jobs for Americans.
Between aquariums and zoos, they have 179 million visitors annually.
$16 billion in economic activity circulate from zoos and aquariums.
Scovill Zoo in Decatur has become an AZA-accredited facility. Only 224 zoos and aquariums meet the facility's standards. It has the highest standards of animal care, health, nutrition, and animal habitat. The AZA also ensures that the animals are provided with enrichment to stimulate their natural behaviors and make their everyday experiences more engaging and interesting.
The Scovill Zoo partners with Macon County Conservation District on projects such as prairie burns and ridding areas of invasive plant species.
The Zoo has also raised funds to adopt an Anatolian Shepard, a breed of working dogs that is important to Cheetah Conservation in Namibia, Africa.
Education and Entertainment
The first modern zoo -- the Imperial Menagerie in Vienna, Austria -- was established in 1752 and continues to attract visitors to this day.
Nearby, in Germany, is the world's largest animal collection: Zoo Berlin houses more than 15,000 animals from almost 1,700 species
Zoos and aquariums are some of the best places for families to spend time together, gain emotional ties to wildlife, and engage in conservation initiatives.
Animal programs at Zoos help to inform the visitors about issues related to conservation education, community outreach, and public awareness.
Not only can you learn how to help protect endangered species and wildlife habitats, you can also find out about recycling and energy conservation and other ways to help our planet.
Zoos are a tradition, and a visit to a zoo can be a family activity.
Seeing an animal in person is a much more personal and more memorable experience than seeing that animal in a nature documentary.