Are Zoos the Right Place for Wild Animals?

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Seventy percent of all zoo animals were born in are taken from the wild, they are taken from the wild and sixty one percent of animals in zoos have died prematurely in zoos according to the, as a result of improper health treatment.

A Canadian inspector at the Toronto Zoo stated, “The animals were very crowded and there was no provision for feeding or sleeping areas,” according to

“A bear starved to death at the Toledo Zoo after zoo officials locked her up for hibernation without food or water,” according to PETA.

Duplicating wild life habitat is a major obstacle for zoos. Zoos simply cannot provide sufficient space for wild animals who are used to roaming around large territories. According to, “Tigers and lions have 18,000 time less space in zoos than they would in the wild, and polar bears have one million times less space.”

The Oregon Zoo expanded all the animals’ habitats so that they would be more likely to live and they did not have to take animals from the wild, according to .  A Toronto Zoo expanded the tigers, lions, gorillas, polar bears, and elephant’s habitats by 100 feet.

Zoos are not all bad for animals. They can contain animals that cannot survive in the wild by themselves, according to They contain animals such as the sick and wounded that would die in the wild. Zoos also prevent extinction. A Toronto Zoo currently has an Amur Leopard is on the 2015 list for mostly likely to be extinct, according to Fewer than 70 exist according to A Canadian inspector at a Toronto Zoo stated, “We treat the endangered animals that are hurt or dying.”