This version of How to Work With Animals at a Zoo was reviewed by Ryan Corrigan, LVT on July 28, 2017.
Zoo Designer is perfect for kids ages 9-11, Grade Levels: 4-5 (apx.)
Looking at the conservation science of captive breeding a clear picture emerges. The best animals for restocking wild populations are those from highly endangered species born in the wild (or, failing that, to wild-born parents), and kept in their natural habitat and social groups. The worst candidates are those species not in immediate threat of extinction, bred for generations in captivity, in environmental conditions very different from their natural habitat, especially those subjected to frequent relocation (which disrupts social grouping). Unfortunately these are precisely the animals produced in the main by the international zoo community – the alleged ‘ark’ for the preservation of species.
Many of the high-profile ‘successes’ of captive breeding and reintroduction have involved animals bred at specialised centres not open to the public, rather than in zoos. Is one of the main reasons zoos undertake captive breeding programmes actually nothing to do with conservation? Do they simply provide more animals for the zoo industry?
As you are no doubt aware by now, I have decided to entrust you with my zoo and my collection of rare and exotic animals while I take a leave of absence. You are straight-thinking and responsible men of science and you will no doubt be able to look after them. After my travels through [REDACTED], [REDACTED], and [REDACTED], I've decided to visit the thirteenth moon of Enouious as the next stop on my safari. Naturalists and learned men such as yourselves will no doubt enjoy studying some of the splendid and vital creatures that I’ve discovered here. The viewing public will appreciate the new additions to my collection- they’re like nothing I’ve ever seen! I cannot write much longer; my indigene guides and I will be up early tomorrow to check the traps.
community and interactions of living and nonliving things in an area.