Unfortunately Pata Zoo is another place we came across with a lot of animal suffering. The Pata department store is a decrepit building in the middle of a local area of busy Bangkok.
Zoos Giraffes at a zoo. Almost all of us grow up with fond memories of visiting the zoo with our parents, grandparents or friends.
Where else do you get to see those amazing, large elephants? Or these cute monkeys climbing and playing? Or those giraffes with their long necks? Unless you are able to afford a trip to Kenya, the zoo is the only place where you can see these amazing animals up close.
However, I wouldn't have listed Zoos under Animal Cruelty, if I didn't think that they were bad for the animals that live in them.
Enclosures The major problem with zoos is that the animals who live there are kept in enclosures that don't allow them to live their lives in a natural way.
No matter how big some zoos try to make the enclosures, no matter how many branches they put in them, no matter how beautiful they make the background paintings on the wall, they don't compare with the natural habitat the animals were meant to be in.
Zoo animals have to spend day after day, week after week, year after year in the exact same enclosure. This makes their lives very monotonous.
Elephants in the wild. Elephants at a zoo. Elephants in the wild, are used to traveling many miles a day in herds of about ten related adults and their offspring. They are very social animals.
In zoos, elephants are usually kept in pairs or even isolated. Their enclosures are incredibly small, compared to what they are used to in the wild. Elephants often show many signs of being stressed out or bored, like engaging in repetitive movements. It is no surprise that elephants don't do well in zoos at all.
The average lifespan of zoo elephants is about years, while wild elephants can live years. Stress behaviors It's not always easy to recognize stress behaviors, since most of us only know these wild animals from seeing them in zoos.
Stress behaviors can include repetative movements, pacing back and forth, head bobbing, rocking, repeatedly retracing their steps, sitting motionless or biting the bars of their enclosure or themselves. The bored cheetah on the right is pacing back and forth, a very common stress behavior in zoo animals.
Baby orangutan Mahal biting the bars of his enclosure. He died from pneumonia 4 years later, at the age of 5. This covers all the strange-looking repetitive behaviors we can recognize in captive animals, like zoo animals. These behaviors are caused by conditions like depression, boredom and psychoses.
Some zoos actually give anti-depressants or tranquillizers to control the behavior problems of some of their animals.
The clip on the right shows an elephant at the Milwaukee County Zoo in the summer. She is swaying her trunk back and forth, which is a sign of stress. This stress behavior is difficult to recognize, which is obvious at the end of the clip when you hear a woman say: I also overheard a little girl ask her mother what the elephant was doing.
Her mother answered that the elephant was "dancing".However, hardly any zoo registers their animals on an international species database and most zoo animals are not endangered at all. Even though there are thousands of endangered species, zoos have only been able to return about 16 species to the wild with varying level of success.
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