It would be so much easier if I hated her, but I don’t. Couldn’t if I tried. I will always love that majestic son of a bitch. I’ll be damned if it didn’t sting on occasion, though.
You seriously think zoo's are good for the animals? 😹 a zoo can never ever ever ever replace the tigers natural habitat. They are hunters and they never or very rarely have to fight for the food in zoos. If zoos do this for the greater good of the animals I seriously hope on they support and donate all their profits to preserve and end the black market. But why would they go against their whole business idea. Seriously.
Hello! I appreciate the fact that you own your condescension and did not send me your obviously-uneducated opinions anonymously.
You’re right that a zoo could never, ever replace a tiger’s natural habitat. A couple of your points are a little silly, such as not having to “fight” for food— if a zoo made animals have to fight for food because it’s “natural,” you’d be up in arms (and so would I). Also, I could say that if a tiger had food nearby in the remnant wild, it wouldn’t go out of its way to hunt other things, but I don’t even care. Legitimate zoos do have animals forage for their food, and make them figure out different toys in order to get it. This is called “enrichment,” and it’s all the rage.
Probably my biggest problem with you saying things like this is that you’re under the assumption we don’t affect tigers’ lives in the remnant wild. Tigers are relentlessly poached, sold for parts, taken from their mothers as cubs, inbred for mutations such as a white coat, and their habitat is rapidly being encroached upon. Siberian tigers are not called Siberian tigers anymore because that doesn’t accurately represent their range. So that “natural habitat” zoos can’t replace? It’s not even there anymore. There are several animals in zoos that are considered extinct in the wild.
I always tell people that the sad thing about conservation is “out of sight, out of mind.” When you see an animal in person, they are now a part of your living memory, and you’re much more likely to feel like you should help. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to motivate people to help without them making that connection. And while keepers do get very attached to the animals they work with, no one who works at a zoo does it because they like seeing animals in captivity. The goal of zoos is the negation of zoos, but that’s just impossible right now. So, instead, they try to follow extremely strict breeding programs with the hopes that someday these animals can be reintroduced into the wild.
I’m trying to shorten this a bit, but I work in a zoo’s education department, so I can guarantee you that the “black market” is one of the issues we speak out against regularly. USFWS give talks at the zoo about the things they confiscate (this is the UPS worldport city) and why this is such a detrimental problem for all animal species. We’re not even supposed to recommend bearded dragons as pets. Here is another post I made about something similar (and it has to do with tigers specifically!). Accredited (as in, legitimate) zoos are not-for-profit, so, yes, extra money goes back toward their mission. Zoos have four purposes: recreation (what you’ve seen), conservation, research, and education.
A couple of other things. Many of the animals zoos get are rehab animals or animals that would’ve otherwise been killed (we have three grizzlies that violated Montana’s “three-strike rule” and were to be euthanized). In addition to this, there are many animals that they just take in because dumb people think they can have them as pets and then fail miserably. In fact, it’s very rare for zoos to take animals from the wild unless they are absolutely doomed.
This zoo has a black-footed ferret conservation center that the public doesn’t see. It’s a breeding facility for one of the most endangered animals in North America, and a successful one at that (just had our 1000th kit! Party next month!). These animals get reintroduced back into the remnant wild. And how do you think they get the funding for this? Why, zoo member donations!
I could really keep going for just about ever, but I think this is a substantial amount of solid information. I just don’t understand why you’re wasting your time fighting zoos when you and zoos have nothing but common enemies.