The Importance Of Zoos

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Register to read the introduction… “Contemporary zoos reproduce natural habitats as accurately as possible” and animals are no longer held captive in small, cramped spaces (par. 4). In many cases, an animal’s natural habitat is no longer available, so the zoo habitat with its spacious roaming area and lush surroundings provides a place that the endangered animal could no longer find in the wild. Rather than supplying animals for public entertainment, the modern zoo’s focus is education of the public, inspiring and motivating people to advocate for environmental change. Many people feel passionately about the protection of animals, and each time a person visits a zoo there is a chance that he or she will be newly inspired to work for a better life for animals, especially those that are endangered. In Hurley’s article, she also points out that “…endangered species have literally been brought back to life by the work of zoos” (par. 1). Most zoos have captive breeding programs that are designed to create a population of endangered animals that is large enough to reintroduce …show more content…
Because of the low success rate, reintroduction into the wild is often not even attempted for many species. It is obvious that zoos are committed to preserving species and providing a safe place for animals. While this is a noble cause, it seems that their money and effort may be better utilized by working toward preserving the animals’ natural habitats rather than building bigger and more modern cages. Again, it is commendable that in the modern era zoos are being redone or built new to accommodate animals as much as possible, but even so, nothing can fully replicate an animal’s wild habitat. In “Zoos Harm Animals”, Jennifer Hurley states that “Zoos, above all, are financial institutions”. Since the bottom line is to bring through the gates as many visitors as possible, “money is put into the exhibits and displays that will attract the most people,

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