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Why We Have Zoos

 

History

History

Brown BearEver since I was three years old, I have been a member of the San Diego Zoo. I grew up on trips to the zoo with my dad nearly every weekend and occasionally we would make it a whole family trip. It was this experience from a very young age, that I grew to love animals, and care about their status in the wild. As I grew older I learned more and more about the state of the natural world and the role zoos play in the lives of everyone, whether they know it or not.

 

The concept of zoo can come with negative connotations to those unfamiliar with the current state of zoological parks. Many people still associate the old image of a series of exotic animals behind iron bars in cages far too small for the size of the animal. Fortunately that image no longer applies to the zoos we know Wolftoday, but the negative image still lingers. A brief look at the history of the zoo, and a look at its transformation should shed some light on why we still have this negative connotation.

 

The image that people should take away from zoos, and the image that was instilled upon me when I was young is that zoos are multifaceted operations. Zoos protect animals, conserve both animals and habitat, study the natural world, educate the public, and impact and influence people in the realms of the natural world. I will explore how zoos do each of these aspects and how each aspect works toward the Peacocklarger goal of world wide bio-diversity conservation.

Protect

Protect

Conserve

Conserve

Study

Study

Educate

Educate

Impact

Impact

Outlook/

Conclusion

Outlook/Conclusion

Index

Index

 
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