I recommend that this zoo should be closed, and the animals should be sent to other zoos to live where the keepers will love them and care from them properly. I read the reviews on this site saying that it was not a good zoo in comparison with others- and boy were they right. I so wanted them to be wrong. I cannot describe the despair of the animals here. It is horriffic. They do not have adequate living space (for example 4 tigers are kept in a metal cage about 1000 sq ft), they are not given fresh water frequently(all of the water dishes including where the fish were was murky and smelly), their living areas are not clean(many were filled with feces and other falling debris), their bodies look dirty and in poor condition, and to top it off the animals look you in the eyes (esp the monkeys and big cats)and seem to plead with you. I wanted to cry, it was just devastating.
Please do not visit this zoo, for the sake of the animals. I hope that this zoo is forced to close.
TO TOP IT ALL OFF:
While we were looking at the tigers in disbelief, one who appeared sound asleep suddenly jumped down and got into a crouching/hunting position with his ears back and tail slowly thumping the cement. The other 3 tigers followed suite. We got scared and stepped back, not sure what had gotten their attention. Do you know what/who it was?
It was a zoo keeper/employee walking by. He smiled and appeared to loving say something to the tigers, however their body language let us know that they were not happy to see him. They all crouched down very low, as if to be hidden by tall grass- ears all flattened and eyes squinted....
Oh! I almost forgot: There is a cheetah(or spotted leopard) that was born at the zoo that lives in a cage. She was famished for water! She was panting so hard and pacing her cage. She walked over to us, as if to beg for water, since apparently she is used to people. I looked at her water dish, and of course- it was dirty...........
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December 29, 2009
It is always distressing to read a review from any individual that did not enjoy their visit to our zoo, and we strive to make each person's visit a special experience. All staff here at the zoo - especially the zoo keepers - work very hard to be sure that the animals have the best environment that we can offer. Jackson Zoo is a 90 year old facility which is making many renovations to continue with ongoing upgrades to the exhibits. The zoo keepers care very much about the animals and we all support their efforts in giving quality care!
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