The Value Of Zoos

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In recent years, there is frequent coverage of tragedies taking place in zoos and controversies of the significance of zoos are never-ending. Admittedly, visiting zoos, human beings, especially children, can have the opportunity to get closer to wild creatures, which presumably equips them with the knowledge of animals and teaches them about sympathy. But with the business of displaying animals as to attract customers booming, more and more problems have come to light. Despite the economic benefits a zoo brings about, human beings had best to phase out zoos for entertaining purposes since such zoos will result in the abnormal behavior of captive animals, endanger the safety of both animals and visitors, and probably have little effect on educational…show more content…
Many parents and educators may emphasize the educational value of zoos for children and thus strongly object to the view of phasing out zoos. But in reality, there are much less outcomes than are expected. The reason is that the ways of life of zoo animals are totally different from that of the wild. So if there is no guide to lead children walk in the zoo, they might develop a false concept about animals. What 's worse, they might have negative learning of the animals if zoo animals are an extremely terrible condition. An article published in Conservation Biology in 2014 revealed that only 38% of kids in a visit of London Zoo showed a sign of positive-learning experience (Jensen, E.). Though it cannot be applied to all of the visitors in all countries, it still indicates that zoos don 't necessarily have educational value for visitors. Therefore, with the increasing emergence of zoo alternatives, like documentaries of the natural world, Animal Sanctuary and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which can also help achieve the goal of introducing wildlife, zoos mainly for entertaining purposes can be phased…show more content…
Zoos were originally used to satisfy people 's curiosity to the natural world, which shouldn 't have been criticized. But with the mass-production of poor-quality zoos, alongside with it, the damage of captive animals and the safety hazard for visitors plunge zoos into the dilemma of facing elimination. What 's more, possible malfunction of zoos and the appearance of more animal-friendly zoo alternatives factor in propelling the phase-out of zoos, since it almost loses its original purpose that is to generate learning outcomes. Don 't let us go to zoos; don 't let our joy override that of
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