posted on Dec, 25 2009 @ 03:16 PM
Let me clear a couple things up:
A zoo is not just a zoo. Some zoos are just zoos, but the Detroit Zoo and most large zoos are not only zoos. There are also many places such as
wildlife preserves throughout the world that are not just zoos. They do present animals for you to oggle at. These places also:
- Rehabilitate animals
- Protect and maintain individual animals which are unable to survive in the wild but have merit for observation and research
- Fund a number of research programs
- Continually provide data on specific animals and how they act and survive in captivity, which is especially beneficial when the species being
studied are not easily studied in the wild.
- Provide opportunities for the breeding of individuals in captivity which helps to further the species, specifically endangered or threatened
- Educate the public (you) about the plight of many species in the wild and furthers an appreciation for the animals that you see, and can educate in
ways to protect each individual species, which will hopefully help in conservation efforts.
- Studying these species in captivity allows researchers to help rehabilitate and protect them to a greater degree in the field without removing them
from their natural habitats.
And that, my friends, is why many zoos receive grants, funding, and donations. Many of the grants are private grants from organizations and
22-250- You should be careful of your circumvent of censors. In addition- "The people here in this state right now are lucky if there paying there
rent or feeding there family, they dont need to be feeding some animal held hostage in a cage, good bad or otherwise. "
Well, if you do not feed the animals in a "cage" they will perish. In the case of species which survive solely in captivity, that means the decline
of an entire species, and in the future there will be no chance of full rehabilitation. Also, many zoos have intricate programs and researchers who
find the best ways to keep animals comfortably in captivity.
It is extremely rare to find an animals just "kept in a cage" but maybe to your untrained eye you are unable to see the places that animals in zoos
have away from the prying eyes of the public. Most exhibits have a larger area away from the glass windows that allows them a greater range and
privacy. All exhibits are typically tailored in terms of vegetation and architecture to nearly mimic the natural environment for these animals. And in
most cases, these individuals would not survive in the wild.
If you know of a zoo that is keeping animals in cages, not funding or conducting research, etc, that is animal cruelty and it should be reported to
the proper authorities. But I do believe you are unfamiliar with the many programs running behind most zoos and perhaps you should take a closer look.
Zoos are also large sources of tourism income for an area. Your local zoo helps the economy of your community more than you seem to know. It also
helps the animals in the zoos and the animals in the wild, and the greater scientific community.
If you are from NYC, you are familiar with the Bronx Zoo, which has also gone to great strides both in the zoo itself and in terms of world species
diversity. I know an individual who has worked with the exhibits there to ensure that they are designed to be as least invasive as possible to the
animals there, that the ecology of the exhibit is best catered to the exact individual animals in that exhibit, and that effort is the same effort
which helps the institution to receive funding and donations.
Ticket sales do help a zoo, but they help most directly with large costs like food, heating, etc. Donations, research grants, and funding are also a
piece of the puzzle. If you don't donate to help your local zoo, that's alright, because I do. And many people like me do.
So, I apologize to so directly correct you. But now you have learned something, yes?
[edit on 12/25/2009 by ravenshadow13]