Today I visited the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C. with my roommate. While I love seeing animals I normally would not see in America, I cannot help but feel sorry for the caged animals. They are so far from their natural habitat in a cage (or fenced in area). While I was at the zoo, we saw many animals- tigers, lions, gorillas, pandas, etc. There were so many different animals, but they all had one thing in common: they were out of their element- they knew it and so did we.
The tiger roared multiple times while we were visiting him. His roar sounded pained.
A clouded leopard paced back and forth in his cage as we looked down at him. He looked so lost, confused and bored.
Now, I must admit the zoo is not all bad. It extends the life of the animals. For instance, on the information for the lions in front of their area, it said that lions in the wild live until 12 years old. At the zoo, they can live until 20 years old.
Zoos have their ups and downs. Overall, I cannot say I enjoy them. Yes, I like being able to see all sorts of animals in one place. But I do not like the fact these animals are taken out of their natural habitat to sit in a caged area or behind glass.