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Tiger Tradeoffs: Balancing Medical and Psychological Well-Being in Zoos


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife, tigers, zoos )

Cher
- 444 days ago - blogs.scientificamerican.com
With the exception of animals raised in a specific breeding program who are destined for reintroduction, animals that are born in zoos will typically live out their lives, and ultimately die, in zoos. Zoos need to therefore adequately prepare to deliver



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Carol H. (229)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:32 pm
noted, thank you Cher
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 1:52 pm

A really fantastic article, one that I will share with some friends that work with big cats.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (461)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:16 pm
It's such a shame this the best we can offer them to keep them alive.
 

Penny C. (77)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 2:54 pm
Noted.
 

marie tc (164)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:14 pm
Allan exactly what I was thinking after reading the article
What a sad plight
 

naomi cohen (62)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:44 pm
noted. thank you, cher.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:50 pm
These magnificent animals don't belong in zoos. Unfortunately for them there is more of us than is absolutely necessary today. Sad indeed.
 

Brian M. (143)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:52 pm
In a world where human knew their place, zoos wold not be the best place for tigers. But the realtiy is that zoos are the only place where the remaining tigers can be saved, their DNA harvested, and hopefully someday in the future, this species can be reintroduced into the wild. As it is with human overpopulation AND climate change, tigers will be extinct in the wild in less than a decade.
 

Sandi C. (236)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:55 pm
noted.
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 8:27 pm
It breaks my heart that this is probably the only way the species will survive. And any animal being forced to live in captivity for their entire lives and never knowing the inherent freedom they should be enjoying is absolutely tragic.
 

Anna Undebeck (187)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:17 am
noted.
 

Carol Bischoff (138)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:22 am
Noted thanks Cher.
 

Danuta Watola (1159)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:51 am
noted
 

Ruth S. (348)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7:19 am
I agree Allan Yorkowitz, it is a shame!
 

Natasha Salgado (456)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:08 am
fantastic article,thank you very much for posting it!!! A pity though as animals should be in their natural habit and not living out their lives in confinement. Some zoos such as the Berlin and Toronto zoos are some of the best in the world and it's animals are treated very well but then you have other horrifying zoos such as most in China which are a torture chamber for all animals. If it were not for mankind,there would not be a need for zoos at all.....
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:11 am
Thanks for sharing this, never thought of the roles that the zoo keepers and curators do have and its so true that they take on so many. Such beautiful pictures shared in the article, but like other members have said, it is sad that this is the only way they get to live life.
 

Sandi C. (236)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 9:09 am
thanks for posting.
 

. (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 10:34 am
noted. Sad that this is the best we can do for our animals. TY Cher
 

kye j. (41)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 12:42 pm
Thanks
 

Peggy Peters (29)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 6:30 pm
I know we all read bad news about zoos almost daily. The folks at Disney can restore our faith in zoos and animal sanctuaries. The animals are treated very well by the keepers while trying to maintain their natural behaviors. The animals' welfare is number one.
Interesting article...TY for the post!
 

Julie E. (247)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 10:31 pm
Very nice pictures of the Tigers. I am falling more in love with tigers every time I see one. Thanks for the article Cher!
 

Yvonne F. (159)
Tuesday February 19, 2013, 10:27 am
I agree with Allan!! It's tragic! Thanks Cher
 
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