Negative Effects Of Zoos

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It's a sunny day with crystal clear blue sky, around is an intersection of all the world's wildlife. Tigers, sea turtles, and flamingos surround the grassy common area featuring a cement learning building , there is a popcorn vendor and interactive exhibits inside. Millions of families visit zoos every year, and people have vivid childhood memories at zoos. However, these idyllic scenes, people remember are becoming less prevalent. Zoos have decreased in frequency due to increased regulation, more knowledge about animal care, and decreased visitor rates. Zoos have existed for thousands of years and only recently have strict regulations been enforced. In zoos earliest state, zoos were reserved solely for the monarchs. The earliest zoo was discovered…show more content…
Travel was expensive and traveling back with animals was even more more expensive and difficult. So, having a large zoo was impressive because of the monetary implications and to transport the animals they would need a staff to capture the animals meaning they had a well kept army. Queen Hatshepsut was the first person to actually manage a zoo, in 1500 BC. Henry the first of England created the first official, more modern zoo: housing lions, leopards and camels were contained in 11km cages (“History of Zoos”). Then in America in the 20th century, zoos were very bare bones, there were no structures for the animals to hide inside or play with. Each cage for animals was just concrete cages with tiled floors. However in 1907, Carl Hagenbeck innovated the zoo environment to make it look more like the habitat the animal was originally brought from, for some animals he tried a barless uncovered pits. (“History”). Every since Hagenbeck, zoos have been moving towards making animals’ cages more realistic. This…show more content…
In zoos early state, they were a very privilege thing the only people who had money especially the aristocracy. Animals and plants were sent from Versailles to Ardin des Plantes, to be used for projects and were viewed not for entertainment, but had scientific value (“History”). In the 1800’s, Era of Revolution, zoos become not just for monarchies (“History”). With the French and American Revolutions, these societies were moving away from their monarchies and showing that they could be self sufficient without heads of states. This skyrocketed frequency of zoos, because now they were not just for the aristocracy they were for everyone. However, now that zoos are more commonplace, perception about them has changed. They are less of a unique comiddity and that has lead to a decline of attendance (Selley). They charge too much which scares away lower income families (Selley). When the economy takes an unfavorable turn, non-essentials are the first thing to be cut, especially costly trips to the zoo. Most zoo admission starts at ten dollars a piece and it only goes up from there. It also costs more money to go to specific exhibits (Selley). Such as in 2008, every zoo in the nation took a hit, they all sold less tickets and received less donations (“Museums”). Popularity has steadily declined in the last 20 years, because of a large collection other options people have to do with their free time (PLOS ONE). Zoos

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