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Zoos Urged to Educate More to Slow Extinctions

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Zoos and aquariums should do more to educate visitors about ways to slow extinctions and build on successes in breeding rare species from monkeys to toads, the head of the world's zookeepers said

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Gillian M (218)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 4:35 am
I think that zoos, resues, reserves and aquariums now have an important role to play on conservation and preservation. Scientists also can learn about animals (although some behaviour is not natural) before heading off to do research or helping to make sense of it.

Many visitors do not understand how animals interact and I think that a centre explaining the need for biodiversity and ensuring how important the food chain is, especially where predators, insects and plants fall into. People think that forests are their solely for their enjoyment or as resources and do not understand how the removal of giant trees for timber companies can endanger the whole forest and, possibly, our survival.

However, we must also understand the limitations of the institutions eg, elephants should not be kept in zoos but in special reserves. Primates need space, challenges to their intelligence and an area to play in. Larger animals, such as elephants, need huge areas to roam in and grass, not concrete, to walk on.

Perhaps these centres should include a section on why wild animals shouldn't be pets in any way, shape or form!

Personally, I think that it would be a wonderful world that did not include the neccesity of zoos to allow wildlife to survive but, sadly, they are needed.

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 5:53 am
I agree Gillian...They can serve as the Ark !

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 5:53 am
Thank you for this post Cal !

Cindy C (125)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 10:54 am

Andrew Butt (84)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 2:19 pm
I don't particularly like zoos and see them as a necessary evil. however I think this idea is actually really good, it could help people understand what these animals are up against in their struggle for survival and may actually stem the tide.
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