The Purpose Of Zoos : The Benefits Of Zoos

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Zoos have been entertaining people with exotic animal collections as far back as 1500 B.C. The purpose of zoos is to educate people on endangered animals and different animal species. Sadly, zoos aren’t always educating people. A lot of people use them for entertainment purposes. Zoos need to be sure that they are helping these animals. Along with educating people on these wild and endangered species.
Most people know the story of harambe, the gorilla. The gorilla was shot when a 3-year-old boy fell into the gorilla's enclosure. The boys mom had turned her back for a few second, the boy happened to fall in. Previously the boy had been saying that he wanted to go into the cage. “The little boy himself had already been talking about wanting to go in, go in, get in the water and his mother is like, 'No you're not, no you're not,' " said Kimberley Ann Perkins O'Connor.” -CNN. Harambe started to drag the little boy through the water. To save the boy the Cincinnati zoo had to shot him. This sparked a huge debate on whether zoos actually are helping or harming animals. This paper is going to show the amazing benefits that zoos have and also shed some light on alarming consequences of having zoos.
Zoos Standards
Zoos have changed tremendously over the past 100 years. Zoos have always had requirements that they have had to uphold since 1859, when the first zoo opened in the United States. Zoos today have to follow very specific rules and regulations, approved by the USDA (United

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