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Modern zoos have more functions than just displaying animals to entertain people. People have always associated zoos with collecting and caging wild animals. The first modern zoo was opened in 1793 in Paris, France and this changed the common people’s perception of the zoo. It was at this time that several zoologists wanted to study and research animals and that gave the zoo’s a different purpose. The following are some of the functions of zoos other than public entertainment.
Modern zoo’s focus on research more than public display.
This is to understand the behaviors of the animals. Animals might feel very uncomfortable when encaged, so it’s important to understand how to keep them happy inside the zoo. For example, some birds when in captivity might feel distressed and they tend to pluck their feathers and end up harming themselves. It was only after doing extensive research that they were able to find out that this behavior is due to different species of birds caged in one big enclosure.
(National Geographic, 2019)
Captive breeding is valuable for the survival of endangered species. Several animals that are extinct in the wild are still surviving in several zoos across the world. The goal of captive breeding in any zoo is to reintroduce animals into the wild and to fight against their extinction. Although there is an argument about keeping animals in captivity, several zoologists support the idea of captive breeding. (National Geographic, 2019)
Educating people about animals is also an important function of zoos.
It’s important for every human being to understand how we impact wildlife and also how deforestation and industrialization are causing destruction in wildlife habitats. It’s important to know how we humans can improve life for animals and educating them at zoos is one way to do this. Zoos have dedicated zoologists to educate the visitors and explaining them about the animals and their behaviors. The zoologists also make sure that the people are safe from any possible attacks while being near dangerous animals.
Modern zoos are not just about the public displays of animals and they have more important functions like conservation, research, and education. Some zoos even focus on special enclosures for arctic animals. Zoos also play a vital role in preserving animals from extinction. Zoos do not operate just to entertain people but most of us think of it as a place where animals are caged without any purpose.
- National Geographic. (2019) The encyclopedia, zoo Retrieved on December 01, 2019 from https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/zoo/