5 Things We Need to Stop Telling Ourselves About Animals in Zoos!


MYTH 2: ‘Zoos are the best way to learn about animals’

Children with a pacing tiger. Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur/WeAnimals.

A zoo can teach you a lot about how animals behave in incarceration but will teach you very little about the behaviour of creatures in the wild. Even though most modern zoos make efforts to offer animals a more natural setting, most captive animals in zoos are incapable to live in a way that they would naturally and some may even be on medicine to alter their behaviour. (See point 4.)

Perhaps those who visit zoos recognise this.

“Learning” about animals by keeping them locked up is not only unsuccessful, it is obsolete.

FACT: The best way to learn about animals is in their natural environment.


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