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The Pros & Cons Of Zoos

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Zoos are often depicted as a terrible place for animals to live, but is there any truth to this? Read More: Sources of stress in captivity http://www.appliedanimalbehaviour.com/article/S0168-1591(06)00199-7/abstract “Animals housed in artificial habitats are confronted by a wide range of potentially provocative environmental challenges.” Let Them Eat Carcass http://www.slate.com/blogs/wild_things/2014/01/03/food_for_pets_and_zoo_animals_they_should_eat_real_meat.html “We Americans have a funny relationship with food. We may not be apex predators, scientifically speaking, since we augment our meat with grains and plants, but we are predators all the same.” No Ethical Way to Keep Elephants in Captivity http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/03/no-ethical-way-to-keep-elephants-in-captivity/ “I have more than 32 years of experience caring for elephants, both Asian and African, including raising calves and managing dangerous bull elephants.” How Zoos Kill Elephants http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-zoos-kill-elephants/ “Playful, mischievous and much-beloved, Mac was just two years old when he became the latest Asian elephant to succumb to the herpes virus at the Houston Zoo last month.” ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Trace Dominguez on Twitter https://twitter.com/tracedominguez Julia Wilde on Twitter https://twitter.com/julia_sci DNews on Facebook https://facebook.com/DiscoveryNews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com Download the TestTube App: http://testu.be/1ndmmMq
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Bob Bigbee (5 days ago)
zoos are not good for animals. its an aquarium for large animals. when people pay to go to a zoo it allows acceptance for people to run a zoo. i understand people that feed the animals and alllow them to survive. they are better off dying from getting eaten
John McCain (11 days ago)
Zoos are horrible for game animals. We should focus on improving their numbers in their natural habitat and allow people to go and experience them without being antagonized by retarded people and their children who think it's funny to harass them from safety. At least let the animal have enough freedom to deal with it the way they would in the wild.
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AAPlayz ! (19 days ago)
im just watching this for my english work (cant spell)
Damariee Harms (6 days ago)
Me to me to
Ammolife crimson (10 days ago)
Yea I have a stupid debate next period and I need some info and we’ll my teacher linked this,
Gamerjessijay playz (23 days ago)
Can I use this for a speech I'm doing in school please
Mike O'Neil (23 days ago)
This played in my school when I had to write a persuasive essay. This helped me out a lot
Drew the ivory hunter (24 days ago)
Dear Seeker Have you ever heard of a accrediting body like the zoological association of america or the american association of zoo keepers, they have all of standards the AZA(Association of zoos and aquariums) does but they are more relaxed in therefore a lot more flexible in financing their facilities, also their members consist of both public and private zoos all working together for the goals of wildlife conservation. Ps I should lecture you that the appropriate term for "roadside zoos" & "animal circuses" should be called menageries and not all of them are bad Sleazy rackets you think they are. signing off Andrew P Virgil, The natural historian or the once and future showman.
Bryce Kegebein (1 month ago)
stupid losers
Andrew Eleton (1 month ago)
Onur Sarigül (1 month ago)
someone told me, because the animals grew up in the zoo, they can't survive in the nature.
zoo holic (27 days ago)
+Onur Sarigül completly depends on the animal but yes this is often the case with captive raised animals
Onur Sarigül (1 month ago)
it is like you, when you had to survive in an unknown island and you have no clue how to survive there, cause no one told you how protecting yourself of dangers etc.
Ninjaboi (1 month ago)
one of the biggest problems is the terms we use... " Held in captivity"
Andruw Cancel Rivera (1 month ago)
This is good but is bad also so yassssssss!
Jorge Noya (1 month ago)
Jorge Noya (1 month ago)
had to watch this for school
edgelord _mcghee (1 month ago)
Jim Mauch (1 month ago)
As an example there is only one effective way to convince the citizens of Wisconsin that our timber wolves are not vermin to be hunted to extinction but rather a precious specie that we should make every effort to preserved within its natural environment. Their opinions can change when they see them at the zoo. Yes seeing animals caged in a zoo is hardly the same as see them interacting within their natural ecosystems but for the average modern human that is the closest they get to nature and wildlife.
Yara Abuaziz (2 months ago)
animals don't deserve this, sure zoo's help endangered animals but they also capture animals and take them away from there family's even if the animal isn't endangered. maybe animals should lock up humans and treat them horribly. short story: i went to a zoo once and heard yelling, i poke my head into a room and see a zoo keeper yelling at a lion and waving its food around without giving it to the poor lion. i felt so bad i could have cried. (i was 6) i told my family and we never went to that place ever again #boycotzoos
zoo holic (27 days ago)
Good zoos do everything they can to keep animals in the wild not capture them. Look for an AZA facility
Mamoon Moon (2 months ago)
zoos should be banned
Vilde Fagerheim Aadland (2 months ago)
I want to hit every person who supports zoos with a stick
zoo holic (27 days ago)
+Vilde Fagerheim Aadland no aza zoo traps animals for entertainment prviding homes for rescue or captive bred animals yes. There are horrible zoos that treat animals this way but if a zoo has healthy animals that live longer than their wild counterparts and raises money for conservation why is it a bad thing
+zoo holic Trapping animals for our own amusement is selfish and wrong. Let them be free. If we wanna look at animals then go watch animal planet or something.
zoo holic (27 days ago)
+Vilde Fagerheim Aadland you are entiltled to your opinion about zoos but when we are facing a mass extinction supporting conservation is more important than fighting each other
+zoo holic Good, let's fund a lot of sticks then
zoo holic (27 days ago)
This is the very thing anti zoo groups want you to do. Get mad and boycott zoos. They get tons of publicity and funds instead of those funds going to caring for zoo animals or conserving animals
Die Potato (2 months ago)
Pro: look at the pretty... Con: *DEATH*
SweetAsSugar (2 months ago)
1:42 I paused here XD
s h o o k e t h 101 (2 months ago)
I’ve seen in alligator in a medium sized spaces tube filled with water and only a few inches for it to move around. I’ve seen penguins swim in some nasty like real green water, the rocks were basically hard and metal like
Monster Fueled (2 months ago)
Video: well thought out, balanced, nuanced Comments: REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Epic gamer Bajanethala (2 months ago)
This is so so bad
L3XUZ (2 months ago)
animals shouldn't own animals
Alexzander Blanchard (2 months ago)
san Diego zoo
my ex belongs in the zoo
octoaiden (3 months ago)
Stealing comments, I see?
roblox_gamer_3197 YT (3 months ago)
This video helped with my homework assignment course I had to research zoos
Lynn Bellows (3 months ago)
Studies show MOST animals are live a longer and healthier life in a most Usa zoos
Kelsey Hanlon (3 months ago)
I'm not anti-captivity. In fact, I support zoos and aquariums. However, there are some animals that straight up shouldn't be kept in captivity, elephants and cetaceans being examples. The welfare of large cats in zoos can be improved as well, with larger enclosures, more natural habitats, and enrichment.
zoo holic (27 days ago)
Absolulty. I don't fully agree on all points but being able to understand that zoos are the less of two evils is a major step. Supporting zoos leads to more conservation and better care!
L3XUZ (2 months ago)
animals shouldn't own animals
Sorcerer Vaati64 (3 months ago)
That poor cheetah! Hes too majestic to be in any zoo eating food served by humans. I with the fact of animals running wild in their habitat in their environment where they know how to live!
Zoo's are like animal prison! But just they are there for being *Innocent*
+zoo holic Animals extinct for a reason, to bring new animals we are disturbing natures process.
zoo holic (27 days ago)
Or they cannot survive in the wild or their habitat is destroyed or releasing them would harm animals in the wild or they are breeding a new generation of wild animals
L3XUZ (2 months ago)
your right animals shouldn't own animals
You people simply don't get it. Animals get extinct for reasons, like -More animals will come and that's really just the reason! Because more animals are gonna come in the future and some animals need to be extinct for that, everyone dies you cant lock a living thing you cant just lock something up because you feel sorry and *used* to it being on planet earth, you just gotta let nature do its course! *Hey* soon we might go extinct too and soon there would be future humans that look different too we do! Atleast our fossils will be found just like how we find fossils of our ancestors and animals!
Flambo the powerful (3 months ago)
I kill people and they dont put those in zoos
Megan Dancing (3 months ago)
If u think about it. We have a whole world that we can explore . Keeping animals in zoos is like us staying in our house forever. Basically torture
zoo holic (27 days ago)
Animals worlds are shrinking. In the future our ocean will be toxic our forests gone. Keeping them in the wild is like bring in your house and having humans destroy it. Zoos are for the protection of animals
Fatma Sharrif (4 months ago)
"...a malfunction of the habitat's life support system." They died as a result of the negligence of incompetent zookeepers.
Juan Alcalan (4 months ago)
i like turtles
Ah'Mya King (4 months ago)
so you dont like zoo ye bich
Jihwan Kim (4 months ago)
its terrible
Jihwan Kim (4 months ago)
MusicMeister 279 (4 months ago)
My zoo personally is very good to the animals, they are generally playful and well fed and don't seem depressed. Most if not all of the animals in my zoo were rescued from a person, or they fell and got lost (like one of the falcons who fell out of it's nest) Yes zoos can be bad but some zoos are very good and help the animals live, also endangered species can be preserved in zoos. The wild isn't all great by the way, a lot of predators starve to death, get hunted by humans, etc. Also you can't just release animals from the zoo because they are used to living in the zoo, they won't know how to hunt or scavenge, they will just go up to humans and bite them (or something like that) till they get food. At my zoo there is a porcupine named Georgia which was adopted by a family, this porcupine would bite random people if they didn't give it food. The zoo soon adopted it because of this. Some zoos are horrible though but not all. The reason you don't see animals like cheetahs running at full speed in zoos is because they don't need to it's tiring to them . Sorry for the lengthy comment.
Crystal Ayala (4 months ago)
zoos are okay I guess but there more pros than cons
Jimmy Lii (4 months ago)
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Jimmy Lii (4 months ago)
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Yiyang Wu (4 months ago)
Zoos aren't good to animals
Ella Bartel (4 months ago)
Im 'm doing a speech on why zoos should be closed. For part of my speech we have to have the benefits of what we are talking about. Tank you so mush for this video!!! This video really helped.
zoo holic (27 days ago)
This is really interesting can I ask what is your solution for raising awarness and money as well as protecting non releasable animals is without zoos. If you don't want to thats cool just looking to start a healthy discusiom
Jclarkk (5 months ago)
our species is the best and worst thing to ever happen to this planet
Kong Kwan (6 months ago)
I learn more about animals from documentary videos than zoos... Just shut them down already.
Deb Stein (6 months ago)
NO pros...Not a great thing at all for the animals. It's all in the eyes just look there and you will know. Or listen to the sounds they make if they make any sound at all. Zoos are horrible places and most of the animals are kept at a bare minimum cost. Even sanctuaries tend to not be especially great unless they are complete natural habitats and the animals are kept away from people mostly. Which would of course defeat the whole moneymaking industry of a zoo.
zoo holic (27 days ago)
Most zoos give animals resturant grade food and daily enrichment. Sure some are awful but many zoos are nonprofit
Mud Puddle (7 months ago)
Can't we just rehabilitate and released all endangered species after genetic diversity has been reached instead of saying: "Oh they will die in the wild they don't know what to do. The instincts been taken away." Then how come when a person or other animal wanders into an enclosure, they get mauled? Instinct never disappears.
zoo holic (27 days ago)
There have been plenty of failed reintroduction. Hunting is only part instinct it is also taught from other species. Most zoo animals arr rescues or captive bred
Kdog Gaming (7 months ago)
They need to stop animal abuse
Alashia Williams (7 months ago)
my students really loved this video.
Egyptian eagle (7 months ago)
They shouldn't actually make zoos for injured one I mean death completes life so it can only be used for endangered species
TAN KIRAN (8 months ago)
Let the wild animals live as per their lifestyle..good or bad dont interfere , disturb, confuse & spoil their original nature...they will lose their wild self sufficient nature and become permanantly dependants and unfit to be released back into the wild even if latter u want to release.. But as an exception , u only take care of those endangered species like PANDA or any other such. And better focus and do something to end poaching and deforestration !!
zoo holic (27 days ago)
Thats what zoos do care for animals that humans are causing to die. We are causing the biggest mass extinction on Earth and zoos try to save them and get attacked
Alexa Cheers (8 months ago)
I fucking hate zoos, just because ur saving them for being extinct, doesn’t mean that the animals lives don’t suckk
zoo holic (27 days ago)
Can I ask why you think animals lives suck at a zoo (obvisouly a good animal saving zoo)
Olivia Jack (8 months ago)
zoo holic (27 days ago)
How are they cruel?
L3XUZ (2 months ago)
animals shouldn't own animals
Sophia Johnston (8 months ago)
Willian Ramos (8 months ago)
zoo holic (27 days ago)
What about zoos that have healthy happy animals that live longer than they would in the wild?
Greta (8 months ago)
zoos are some times good for endandred animals
KLJF (8 months ago)
zoos are a good thing cos it gives the kids something to laugh at and the adults get to feel superior to big animals , it's a lot like capitalism... whats the point in living if you cant be the master over another living thing ? and animals live longer in captivity .. except the ones that die .
Dagobert Duck (8 months ago)
Pet keeping is bad human behavior. Let animals live their life in their own race in their own space !
orlybabe (8 months ago)
Geez its not about how comfortable they are in zoos, its a question of how keeping animals in captivity is not acceptable. If its for conservation, keep them in protected forests. If they are sick put them in natural sanctuaries. There is no reason to keep them in cement man-made cages and enclosures just for our viewing pleasure.
zoo holic (27 days ago)
Protected forests are shrinking and moving too much to house all the animals. Sick animals are held in smaller spaces so they can heal properly.
RRW (8 months ago)
It's fine if they are AZA, but they should be shut down if not.
Shadow God (8 months ago)
Pros They are cool looking and help you learn Cons The animals life sucks and they belong in the wild. The animals die younger.
zoo holic (27 days ago)
In AZA zoos animals live much longer than their wild counterparts
Gamer Max (9 months ago)
I think some animals shouldn't be held in zoos no matter what. I've never seen a happy polar bear in any zoo, and I thought ks city zoo was one of the best in the western us.
L3XUZ (2 months ago)
animals shouldn't own animals
Ed Regis (9 months ago)
This woman is greatly mistaken with regards to how long African elephants live in the wild. If they can avoid poaching, they can live for 70 years, not 36.
Christie Hwang (9 months ago)
this is amazing! Awesome! I love it!
Tom Smith (9 months ago)
I don't see how educating people about animals at all justifies the myriad health risks described in this short video. It seems like education and entertainment are being confused, 'animal lovers'.
Brenton Gandy (9 months ago)
Some animals are extinct in the wild, but not in zoos.
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Sabastian Garcia (10 months ago)
This some sad shit I wanted to work at a zoo now I feel like If feel like shot seeing these things but idk I'm not sure anybody work at a zoo here? What do the zoo people have to say on youtube
zoo holic (27 days ago)
I volunteer at a zoo and my zoo does everything it can for animals. Join some zoo groups on facebook and ask zookeepers about what they are doing to help save animals
jester 29 (10 months ago)
Bullshit propaganda for idiots.Zoos dont teach you anything about nature
Briefingcorgi23 ! (10 months ago)
This video is instructive but maybe put more detail on it. I wasn't understanding the food thing whit the lion.
Cutiecori04 Gaming (10 months ago)
I believe the zoo should be banned being the zoos are only for business and they are being held in a prison
zoo holic (27 days ago)
But there are nonprofit zoos? And zoos have donated millions to conservation
Frederick Röders (11 months ago)
Living half as long? Ban it then. Thats enough evidence to believe that these animals are in severe stress and anguish. Too bad banning something is so hard.
zoo holic (27 days ago)
I don't know where her data is coming from but nearly all the animals I have worked with are waaaaay beyond their expected lifespan
Joyce Toledo (11 months ago)
love the video
Alex Lin (11 months ago)
you can't just let them out you know
Tadeo Ramon (11 months ago)
Guys look zoos are not perfect but do help with animals with fractured limbs that will not survive in the wild and yes they do care for money but don't we all i mean to take care of em they need money with out money they don't have supplies so i personally think they should not be ban so how about we put down are pitch forks and watch a animal documentary!!!!!
Cool and sad
Jasmine Zhang (11 months ago)
sarah tang (11 months ago)
Boycott zoos
Eloise Elliott (11 months ago)
I don't like most zoos because they are too small and not really simulating their natural habitat. I want to work in a wildlife park that I think is absolutely perfect. I have hamsters and give them more than enough space to be happy and many toys to keep their brains stimulated and I believe that the wildlife park I want to work at is doing what I'm doing with my pets. I'm going to try and get a degree in zoology so I could work doing conservation in the wild. The wildlife park I want to work at is Yorkshire wildlife park and they are amazing.
free the animals!
kunal Reactor (1 year ago)
Actually in Bangalore india animals love zoo
Jay Marlin (1 year ago)
How about replicating the zoos enviorment more akin to their natural habitats or have a natural park & replace zoos with natural park giving more space. If people wanna visit they gotta be in cars
Carly (1 year ago)
The AZA doesn't mean a whole lot other than allowing zoos and marine parks like Seaworld to govern themselves in terms of their orcas, which only one other US aquarium possesses, Seaquarium of Miami. While zoos can be good for animals who wouldn't otherwise survive in the wild, many zoos and aquariums practice active capture programs in which the zoos capture wild animals who have lives, and in the case of many whales, dolphins, elephants and more, families in the wild. If zoos only rehabilitated and released and/or housed sick or injured animals that couldn't survive anywhere else, they would be justified. But as it stands, they are for businessmen to make money off their visitors under the guise of education.
zoo holic (27 days ago)
What about the nonprofit zoos. It has been decades since seaworld has taken orcas from the wild and they only elephants I have heard of recetnly is brcause their natural habitat was in danger
Baron Wang (1 year ago)
Baron Wang (1 year ago)
I find it extremely hilarious when the whiny buthurt people say they hate zoos, but actually give zero fucks when the poor weak zoo animal is released into the wild only to be eaten by a bigger animal. Dumbasses!
PRECIOU ADEFUSI (1 year ago)
I think that people should build zoos everywhere because animals are dying in the forst or in the seyis.
alex i (1 year ago)
Zoos are prisons. The worst kind of prisons you can imagine. These sentient beings are put behind bars (or glass walls), exposed to public derision and psychological abuse. That's their life, powerlessly staring at the ugly facial expressions of cowardly human animals, and listening to the fastidious noises they make. Some of us human animals used to do this to human animals of a different race: we call it racism. We still do it to sentient beings of a different species: we call it speciesism. The fact that human animals are standing on the better side of that glass wall doesn't make us better animals than the abused ones. If you are a human animal reading this comment, please consider stopping abusing animals for food, clothing and entertainment. And go vegan motherf***er.
alex i -Lmao! I wonder how you would feel when those animals get released into the wild and get eaten dumbass.😅
Manish Patel (1 year ago)
Another essay too
Joakim Hald (1 year ago)
In europe the elephats livs longer then in the us. In europe it is commun that a elephant livs till its 40 to 50 year old and even up to 60, like in my local zoo the have 3 cows over 30 year and 1 how is 45, the bull ha just past att the age of 56 year old.
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INFECTED 1911 (1 year ago)
she got to be on drugs
INFECTED 1911 (1 year ago)
this suck

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