When I was younger, I used to love visiting the Cincinnati zoo. My favorite part of visiting the zoo was seeing the Bengal tigers, which the zoo is known for. It's the most successful zoo in the world as far as breeding bengal tigers in captivity. It's actually how the Cincinnati Bengal's football team got its name! Go Bengals!
These visits to the zoo were always a time of great wonder to me, as one of my greatest passions in is wildlife, particularly endangered species. I used to constantly read about endangered species, and I used to love these zoo visits so I could see these beautiful animals in person that I always used to read about.
Over the years, I have come to realize that I have many conflicting opinions about zoos in general. On the one hand, it's so incredibly sad to see a wild animal confined to an enclosure. There just seems to be something inherently cruel about that doesn't there? Tigers are meant to roam free, birds are meant to fly, sharks are meant to swim in the endless sea.
On the other hand, zoos have played an extremely important role in successfully breeding species that were on the verge of extinction. In fact, there are certain species of wildlife that have more living animals in zoos than they do in the wild. Thus my internal conflict…
What are your thoughts on zoos? Are they cruel? Are they necessary?