There are people who love to visit the zoo, to see animals that they would never get the opportunity to see otherwise and are enriched and educated by the experience.
On the other hand there are people who campaign vigorously to have every zoo closed down claiming they are all cruel to their animals.
Education, or entertainment?
On the one hand some say the beasties are relatively safe, and cared for, we get to see them ‘live’ rather than on TV and without the efforts of zoos many would have already disappeared, but often the animals can get very bored, and cease to act as nature intended, (feeding, fighting and the other one.) if the zoo people don’t make huge efforts to enrich the animals lives.
If aliens came to earth and visted a zoo I think they may be hard pushed to tell which was on display, the quite serene animals safely behind bars and fences, or the hoards of shouting, running, screaming, gesticulating, face pulling, lolly sucking, burger eating, window tapping clowns who troll round mostly in total ignorance.
rant over, deep breaths….and relax
The name orangutan means “man of the forest” in the Malay language. In the lowland forests in which they reside, orangutans live solitary existences. They feast on wild fruits like lychees, mangosteens, and figs, and slurp water from holes in trees. They make nests in trees of vegetation to sleep at night and rest during the day.
A century ago there were probably more than 230,000 orangutans in total, but the Bornean orangutan is now estimated to number about 41,000 (Endangered) and the Sumatran about 7,500 (Critically Endangered).
PLEASE NOTE This image has been manipulated by the addition of the clown make up as a way of getting people to think about how both zoo’s and conservation are perceived in the 21st century.
IT IS NOT REAL
I think the day has long passed where people think that animals are there to entertain humans we have to take a very serious look at the situation.. before it’s too late and all that is left is pictures on the TV