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Animals are supposed to be free, not locked up in a cage!

I went to the Dallas Zoo one fine day in spring. It was a bit chilly as I recall, It was Late March or early April. I was with a friend. We had not been to visit the Dallas Zoo for a long time so we purchased tickets to enter and began our day long journey among the cages.

By the time we had eaten popcorn and peanuts and drank our soft drinks and had seen just about all of the animals at the zoo, I said out loud to my friend, Mike, "You know something? I am sad to see all those animals living in captivity. They have nowhere to go, no place that is like their homes in the wild." Then my friend Mike replied, "Anthony, these animals are the lucky ones. Most of these animals are very well adjusted to their place in their cages and are well cared for. If they had been left in their original natural homes they might have been hunted down by people with no respect for them or their native habitat would eventually have been destroyed by man through deforestation and encroaching civilization."

I began to become more depressed by this. That meant that for all the ones here at the Dallas Zoo, there were many more still out there slowly becoming extinct.

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MegL wrote on March 1, 2016, 1:55 AM

Yes, zoos have a place in conservation but I prefer to see animals in their natural habitat. Some zoos are built like that with most animals in large grassy enclosures.

Nezzyknowzzz666 wrote on April 1, 2016, 11:06 PM

amen we need to take care of our animals more they have the right to enjoy freedom as much as us!

lookatdesktop wrote on April 2, 2016, 2:33 PM

I have given this a lot of thought and rationalize that they are actually safer in these zoos than in their original environments because of illegal poachers and hunters. In some cases their original habitat is gone.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 2, 2016, 2:34 PM

I hate that a recent hail storm in Ft. Worth killed some flamingos as they did not have time to be rounded up and put into a safer place.