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Zoos"I hate zoos."Zoos by Moundfreek
These were the words of a friend on a recent trip to the Fresno zoo. "They don't have the space and freedom they need." Though her justification was sound, I politely disagreed. True, no zoo or aquarium can possibly mimic the natural conditions which both shape and nurture the charismatic animal in the cage. But is that cause enough to hate zoos? Well, as is often the explanation given by ecologists (and philanthropists, psychologists, artists and couch-potatoes alike), "it depends."
I don't believe in restricting an animal's space. Whether it be a pet or dinner on my plate (hint: know your chickens and beef). Friend or prey, living things need room to roam. That's my philosophy. Suffice it to say, you'd think I'd hate zoos. But nothing could be further from the truth. I grew up on zoos. If it weren't for going to Cheyenne Mountain every Sunday, I might never have become a biologist. Fascinatio