San Antonio Zoo Case Study

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Introduction In the next half century, it has been estimated that at least 1500 species will be so endangered that their survival will require captive measures including zoos (Louis P. Cain and Dennis A. Meritt Jr.). Therefore, the survival of the animals will rely solely on the ability of the zoos to provide the care the endangered animals need to repopulate. But these conservation efforts will not work unless the enclosure of these animals are able to meet their needs. In a study done by G. B. Hubbard, R. E. Schmidt and K. C. Fletcher, neoplastic disease was evaluated in acquirements from the San Antonio Zoo during a 10-year period. Neoplastic disease is the name given to tumors found on the brain, and usually results from an animal living …show more content…
For zoos to attain this status, the AZA’s Accreditation Commission has to evaluate the zoo’s care and management of their animals, their veterinary program, involvement in conservation and research, education programs, safety policies and procedures, security, physical facilities, guest services, and the quality of the institution's staff (Accreditation Basics). With this being said, zoos then have to pay money to conservation efforts to save animals that they might just keep in their own zoos. According to Toronto’s budgeting plan for 2015, they decided on paying approximately $17.8 million for conservation and sciences which includes enclosures. The Toronto zoo is one of the most acclaimed zoos in the world and has set the standard for zoos across the world. They are also one of the few zoos that has a panda exhibit which is something that China only awards to the best zoos. Other zoos such as the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas have seen the need to increase their enclosures for animals like the African Elephants that can roam hundreds of miles a day. This zoo has planned to spend $8 million to $10 million on a 4-acre exhibit to immerse their visitors into the world of elephants. These zoos are some of the only ways their visitors will ever get to see these animals in person, so for them the care of these mammals is at the top of …show more content…
have “a strong emphasis on scientific research and species conservation” (Zoo). It is shown that zoos receive a vast amount of their fundings from visitors, so naturally zoos for the most part have paid attention to what the public wants to see, but this obsession with their money intake is the source of all the problems zoos have been going through as agreed upon by multiple experts. Widely seen through most zoos is the inappropriateness of their money spending. They spend millions on enclosures that still do not meet the needs of their animals, they give limited funds to animal conservation organizations, they have too many animals to take care of, and they do not help the endangered mammals that really need the assistance. From the statistics, the facts, and the ideas of experts, it is recommended that zoos have a mixture of endangered species and eye-catching animals within its facilities, and at the same time limit the number of animals that zoos can care for. This recommendation will allow zoos to make an impact on the animal kingdom, while still having the funds to do

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