There are many zoos, whether in France or abroad. They have countless animals. Having real monitoring of each individual, from birth to death is impossible. Of course, we don't tap on all zoos. There are good and bad students everywhere, but in recent years, bad students have stood out more than good ones. Mass euthanasia, uncontrolled reproduction, theft of animals, disappearance of corpses, enclosures having nothing to do with their natural environment, animal leaks, safety-related accidents, gregarious individuals living alone, shows ... Note the list of issues would be far too long.
Across the world, it is not uncommon to see animals still trapped in a concrete enclosure ranging from primates to bears. In France, in the zoos we visited, this hardly exists anymore. Now it's about animal welfare. The reproduction of the natural environment is important, but many establishments make paintings to remind the animal of its natural environment. For the lucky ones, some vegetation and something to stimulate it will also be present. And what a horror to see this kind of thing again. Lifeless animals, in concrete and painted enclosures far too small for them. This must change immediately!
While some establishments allow animals to hide from visitors, some do not. In one of the many zoos visited, he was told that it was done on purpose: Generally, we close their enclosure while cleaning it or potentially feeding them. During the day, during peak visitor hours, those of our flagship animals are closed. People pay, it's not to be in a place without the so-called animals. Big cats, great apes, polar bears, elephants, rhinos, giraffes or walruses then find themselves stranded outside.
A key element of zoos to explain the captivity of a species is that of protection or even reintroduction. However, when we see elephants, hippos, zebras or gibbons alone, it remains difficult to imagine. Many species - which are not endangered - are also found in zoos. To be completely honest, the higher the collection of animals, the more visitors will come. As for reintroduction programs, for practicing zoos, and although this idea may seem formidable to reintroduce an animal into its natural environment, these are very often true failures. We do not spit on it, but we must emphasize the reality of things.
Be aware that a long and costly process will take place and that the animals will never be released overnight, since they will not survive. You have to get used to them! And above all, find reserves where to place them. If, in the vast majority of cases, the reintroduction of dolphins and other cetaceans remains successful, it is much more difficult to do the same with other animals. The Beauval zoo tried to reintroduce two gorillas in Gabon, hoping for the same success as for the langurs of Java and the reintroduction of two individuals (Samui and Indah). Kuimba's death will take place three months later. Mayombé, on the other hand, is still alive. Mulhouse Park is also preparing to release five bald ibis in Spain. This is not the first time that this establishment has participated - more or less successfully - in restocking the ibis. The Doué-la-Fontaine Biopark is participating in the program for the reintroduction of griffon vultures in Bulgaria. Abroad, trials for the golden lion-headed tamarin, the Arabian oryx, the wild dog, the flamingo, the tiger, the stork, the fox, the Asian otter or the bonobo, but most are concluded with the death of many - all? - the individuals.
Some zoos try to help fund conservation programs, but again - although this is an honorable gesture - not everyone. E it's really a shame! In addition, the contribution is often minimal if we compare this to the revenue of the establishment in question. Do you know, on a 10-euro note, how much money goes to this cause? Another very big problem is also present: animals taken from the wild! Many elephants present in zoos have been taken from their natural environment, just like circus elephants, just like marine mammals (dolphins, orcas, elephant seals). Many monkeys that now live in zoos have been removed from their natural environment, such as Nénette (orangutan, Jardin des Plantes) and Titine (brown capuchin, 35 years old, Zoa Parc). Chapter Animals requests the placement in sanctuaries, in emergency, for these individuals taken wild. We are to exchange on this idea and propose solutions.