Monday, August 07, 2006
Privately owned zoos
We went to the Catactin Zoo this weekend. Paid $32 to get in. It is a privately owned zoo out in the country. We saw the website and thought...wow, this must be nice. With the lovely weather it was a perfect family trip...UNTIL...we got there. The zoo was over-run with weeds, in the animal dens. The animals were in wire cages. There were piles of shoveled animal dung near foot paths. The entire zoo was a dirt foot path. There was one exhibit where the Elk and Deer were all huddled under one tree b/c their den was in the sun with virtually no shade. There were like 30 Elk and Deer in the one area.
They seemed to be well fed, but other than that, not well loved.
After this experience, I think all zoos should be governmently owned, operated and regulated. We can't take precious animals for granted, we are all one in this world.
I was deeply saddened by my visit.
Posted by EJL at 06:06