Pros And Cons Of Zoo's Involvement In Wildlife Conservation

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Animal captivation has been an on-going debate for many years. The idea of taking wildlife from their homes, in many eyes, is tragic. To others, it is a step in the right direction. It is a step towards, not only well-developed and in-depth research, butalso a step towards the conservation of endangered species. As one can tell, these views can be quite disputable, however this paper will discuss and compare both perspectives as well as dive into more specific aspects of wildlife captivity. Some of these aspects include the lifespan comparisons, specific roaming necessities per animal and even changes in animal behavior. Of course, keeping animals in captivity has pros and cons. Given that researchers are still uncertain of captivity…show more content…
This collection of sources includes mostly online articles as well as several news articles and books. The sources range from the discussions of the lifespan of numerous animals tothe reasoning behind study observations and research. In “Zoos’ Involvement in Wildlife Conservation,” Ramsey begins by explaining the comparison between the beginning of animal captivity to the modern-day characteristics. He describes the very first zoos as having the focus to gain profit from the public, rather than the concentration being towards the welfare of the animal. Today, the well-being of animals is the top priority in many programs across the world. Not only does this article also describe the challenges that the programs must face, but also the difficult decisions the leaders are required to make to continue their success in advanced research and conservation. Some of which include the decision on whether or not to offer predators live prey to exert their natural hunting instincts. The source concludes by informing the audience that some species could not have survived without the help and involvement of zoos. Vittania.org emphasizes the effects on animals in captivity in its’ article “21 Pros and Cons of Zoos.” This source explains how zoos provide educational learning, preservation of endangered animals to prevent extinction, humane treatment towards the animals, readily available veterinary care. In addition, zoos also serve as an economic resource for the community by providing jobs and increasing tourism statistics. It goes on to explain the negative impacts such as changes in their natural behaviors. Elephants, for example, need larger enclosures than a zoo can accommodate. Restricting the animals natural need to migrate results in a shorter lifespan in captivity and also a more aggressive temperament.Another negative impact

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