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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 4 weeks ago

Would zoo animals be better off in natural habitat ?

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Zoo is like a prison they should be free to live normally 

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  • 3 weeks ago

    That's a question with no easy answer unfortunately, since the context can vary wildly.

    In an ideal world, I don't think zoos should necessarily exist, though their benefit as a means to educate is a big one.

    Some zoos in developed countries work on the basis of preservation. The animals they keep in captivity are for the purposes of breeding programmes which allow them to create populations for animals otherwise on the decline to allow their offspring to be released into the wild.

    Many centres will act for rehabilitation and release, in which animals that would not survive in the wild in their current state are helped towards the eventual goal of re-releasing them into their natural habitat, and their status as an attraction helps keep the centre funded.

    Other zoos are not so ethically minded, and have animals for the sake of the profit margin, with diets and enclosures not adequate for the animals' needs. Some zoos will even run circus like shows or interactions with the animals that are not suitable.

    Some animals live content lives in zoos, others sadly, do not. Not all animals currently in zoos are suitable for release into the wild. Not all animals in zoos are being well treated.

    The issue is muddy but striving for better animal welfare should be everyone's priority in that debate.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Its their planet not ours.

    of course they'd be better off alone away from our kind. we're the cancer of the planet not them.

  • Megumi
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    No, they would not. They are well-fed in zoos and do not need to worry about carnivores killing and eating them. 

  • John
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    usually no. if we're talking about an actual accredited zoo, the animals are very well taken care of. and they aren't there just for human benefit, they're ambassadors that help out their wild relatives. people being able to see an animal up close helps them care about that species and its conservation, and many zoos are part of species survival plans to help breed healthy endangered animals so that they can one day be returned to the wild and help build wild populations. many species have been saved from extinction due to breeding efforts. and depending on the facility, some animals may be rescues that wouldn't stand a chance in the wild due to not developing proper instincts and social skills

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Yes with heavy exception. A lot of zoo animals are under care or could not survive in the wild.

    Just reading about the lion that had cancer was euthanized, so sad.

    A happy lion though, lived the life of Rily over treatments.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Generally, no. In zoos, they have a steady supply of food, veterinary treatment for any problems, and (in better zoos) access to mates. Is it any wonder that they live longer in zoos than they do in the wild?

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    For a vast majority of animals yes, but for some endangered species, their habitats in the wild may not be safe for many reasons, such as poaching, habitat loss, pollution, or overhunting.

    Keeping a few individuals of a lot of species in zoos will not endanger these species. Zoos also allow endangered animals to increase in numbers through captive breeding programs so they can be re-established in the wild. For example, the California condor was nearly extinct. All the known adults were captured and they were then bred in captivity. The result is a big increase in the number of individuals and a return of many of their young to the wild. Captive animals also serve to educate the public as to how wonderful these animals are. That in turn helps conservation organizations make money so they can conserve animal habitats in the wild. Also, some animals may be injured and unable to survive in the wild. These animals can either be allowed to die in the wild and we can keep them inside zoos. For example, I saw a bald eagle inside a city zoo and it was injured and unable to be released.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Most would.  A few wouldn't.  Captive breeding programs are needed to sustain some species.

  • Definitely.  They are wild animals and confinement causes serious mental health issues.  Remember they have committed no crime, but are serving a life sentence. 

  • Barry
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    Yes. Wildlife parks are the answer.

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