Douc Langurs are large monkeys from Viet Nam and China, with beautiful colors and expressive faces. The San Diego Zoo used to have their exhibit right near the front of the park, but sort of tucked away where the masses didn't usually flow. I always felt it was my own private spot.
Gregg Bolinger wrote:
You do realize that, at least here in the states, the animals that are in the zoo can't survive in the wild for one reason or another.
Why is that?
A lot of these animals are rescued in some way or another. Zoo keepers don't just go to Africa, find a perfectly good Lion and decide to bring it back to their Zoo. And chances are at this point that most of bread in captivity, which is why you can't really release them in the wild. They have no survival skills. So it would be more cruel to do so, than to keep them protected in the Zoo.
Still, it seems a bit extreme to assert that all animals in zoos are unable to survive in the wild. Really? Next you'll be telling be that animals who lived on an ark could never survive in the wild...
I think this is a circular logic which I personally find very cruel.
"Rescue" an animal.
Put it in a cage.
Let it breed.
Oops! The new generation cannot survive in the wild.
Put them in a cage.
If I was personally "rescued" and put in a cage for life, I am confident I would rather not be rescued.
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Maneesh Godbole wrote:If I was personally "rescued" and put in a cage for life, I am confident I would rather not be rescued.
But let's say you had descendants, raised in captivity. And let's say your original captors had descendants, who were now reconsidering and questioning the wisdom of the choices of previous generations.
Should your descendants remain in cages for the rest of their lives?
Should they be released into the wild immediately, with no experience in the wild?