Some people may argue against zoos because of the cages and the fact that the animals are not “wild”. I on the other hand LOVE zoos. I think they are a great way to learn about animals, nature, and conservation. Zoo animals are like ambassadors for their species. They teach us by engaging our curiosity and entertaining us. Zoos are a great way for people to feel a connection with animals (especially exotic animals that they might not see otherwise). So here’s a few zoo facts to demonstrate how zoos are actually GOOD:
Zoos spend a lot of money and time supporting conservation in the wild. AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited zoos/ aquariums have funded nearly 4,000 conservation projects in more than 100 countries. They spend $160 million annually on conservation initiatives.
- Many zoos participate in the species survival plan which protects genetic diversity of species and therefore improves survival of endangered species.
- When the general public visits a zoo, they gain an appreciation for for wildlife. Having this appreciation and understanding is the first step towards protection and conservation.
- Most zoo animals are born in captivity. Also, injured/ orphaned animals are taken into zoos so they can survive.
- Zoos have educational programs to teach the public about endangered animals, conservation, and other environmental issues like deforestation.