I used to visit the Zoo in the 60's with my brother. We would skate board and roller skate around while our parents worked on a house nearby, and look at the lions, pacing up and down in their small cages, and think nothing of it. Now, as I return with my young adult children, I see that while the cages are bigger, the animals are still caged, and still bored. Hopefully there will be a time in the not too distant future when Zoos, like circuses, will realise that there is no good way to cage an animal and expect it to be happy.
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July 11, 2013
Hi Katherine, many thanks for visiting Melbourne Zoo and providing a review. It is always wonderful to know there are people out there who appreciate and care for the amazing animals we have as much as we do.
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Caring for zoo animals is a complex science that requires an understanding of the normal behaviours of wild animals including the types of behaviours, social groups and amount of time spent each day resting, foraging, travelling and interacting with one another. Our animal care programs factor in all these requirements, as well as nutritional needs, and monitoring health of each animal. Daily routines are varied to avoid boredom and repetition. Just as we know the likes and habits of our close friends, family or pets and provide the best outcomes for them; our animal husbandry staff have close bonds with individual animals and can readily assess if an animal is contented, bored or perhaps needs a vet check.
I hope this helps ease your concerns. Kind regards, Zoos Victoria.
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