Environmental Awareness Leading to Environmental Change
This past Friday 1-year-old gorilla, Kabibe was killed at the San Francisco Zoo due to human error. Unfortunately, this exemplifies one of the many reasons why wild animals should not be kept in zoos. Gorillas have a lifespan of 35-40 years, yet Kabibe tragically died after only one year of life due to a completely preventable human mistake.
While handlers were putting the gorillas “away for the night”, Kabibe attempted to escape back into the enclosure and was crushed by a hydraulic door. Keeping these intelligent creatures in enclosures that are already too small for them is heartbreaking, but to then also “put them away” at night into even smaller spaces is extremely unnatural and restrictive. An inquisitive, curious, and innocent creature has been killed because of the unnatural processes that take place at zoos.
Sudden death is not the only consequence zoo animals can face. Many animals develop neurotic and unusual behaviors, as a result of boredom, depression, and a lack of mental and physical stimulation. Although zoos strive to deliver the message that they are “helping” animals, most of the time they are doing quite the opposite.
Next time you’d like to see and learn about animals in the flesh, please consider visiting an animal sanctuary instead. Unlike zoos, animal sanctuaries are non-profit organizations which strive to protect animals that have been abused, orphaned or neglected (some even come from zoos). Animal sanctuaries also tend to provide much more humane conditions and environments for their animals.