Controversy has always been a topic around zoos and the humane aspect of keeping animals captive. Many people love going to zoos and seeing these animals, including myself. But in all reality, are these suitable living habitats for the animals? Also, is this fair to keep the animal away from their natural habitats for “protection”?
There are countless zoos all around the world and have existed for centuries. These zoos attract over 181 million visitors annually, which is bigger than the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB combined. This provides a great learning experience for young kids and a fun attraction to see all of the wild animals. But these zoos don’t educate the public enough to justify keeping these animals captive.
But zoos also can help preserve species in danger from climate change and from other factors. Especially protecting endangered species. I believe that for the most part zoos are effective for scientific research and provide an adequate way to protect endangered animals.