The Reality of Zoos

597 Words Jan 30th, 2018 2 Pages
That means that each state owns approximately seven zoos that are open and running to the public (“Zoo Statistics”). If you consider only the statistics of the United States (and don’t take into account statistics for any other country) it is obvious that many hundreds of thousands of animals are being caged for entertainment purposes. People are continuing to build zoos for our enjoyment. The result of which can lead to positive and negative outcomes for the zoo visitors, the animals and their wild environment.
With the amount of zoos in operation, the public is visiting the zoo more frequently and as a result they are becoming increasingly educated about wild animals. Zoos help children learn more effectively by giving them a first-hand up-close experience that they otherwise would’ve never had. It gives them a chance to observe exotic animals and learn about their behavior and lifestyle.
What the children and the public don’t know is that most animals do not act how they normally would in zoos; so what the children learn when they visit doesn’t completely resemble the attitude and actions of the animals in the wild. In fact, many animals are given mood-altering drugs to adjust their reaction to the visitors and pacify their unfavorable demeanor to their circumstances. Dr. Nicholas Dodman a brain chemistry expert at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine states that approximately…

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