Serving the Public and the Animals
From childhood, most of us have fond memories of going to the zoo. We were entertained by the variety of animals that we were not able to see on a regular basis. Visitors of a zoo get to see exotic, and local animals of that area. Going to a zoo gives children and adults a chance to learn about different animals. Certain zoos also promote the conservation of endangered species. To people of all ages, zoos are just plain fun. This essay will support the operation of zoos based on their entertainment and educational value, and their ability to save some species from extinction.
Most zoos, depending on the location, house animals from all over the world. Each zoo needs to be in a place where local animals, as well as exotic, can survive and live comfortably. That’s one of the main reasons why people go to zoos. Visitors are able to view unique animals through glass, and see how they might act in the wild. The Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona, features primates, big cats, birds, and reptiles. It also features large mammals like hippos, giraffes, and bears. They have recently built a new part of the zoo that houses panthers, sloths, and exotic birds. The Wildlife Zoo in Phoenix, Arizona takes care of hundreds of wild animals, with even more variety than the Reid Park Zoo. These zoos have special activities for children and adults that involve awareness and education of every species. There are also zoo employees who walk around with small animals and snakes that can be petted and held by zoo visitors.
Zoos are a popular place to bring students for a field trip. Besides the entertainment value, children can learn about the different animals of the world and see how each is special. In front of every animal enclosure there are signs or books containing information about that particular animal’s background, eating habits, and needs to survive. Every zoo holds activities for children to learn about animals. “The Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona has several activities that change throughout the year. Desert Discovery Kids is a program designed to give children an interactive experience with the desert” (Programs). The zoo takes the time to do this so we know how to help in the conservation of these beautiful animals. They also do this in the hopes that spectators will change their view on the needs of wild animals. They hope to improve the treatment of the environment, which will in turn benefit the wild animals in their natural habitat.
Many people enjoy the zoo for the previous reasons mentioned, but some see a deeper meaning for them. The majority of zoos are here to serve...