Zoos vs. Conservation Areas


Source: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/transformation/zoos-are-problem-not-solution-to-animal-conservation/

Meg Washburn, Contributor

 Zoos have been around for years. People come to see these beautiful animals that they won’t have a chance to see on a daily basis. Conservation on the other hand is towards protecting and caring for different species.


     Both can be used for entertainment but conservation is more towards protecting animal rights and the species itself. A zoo is defined from Oxford languages as “an establishment which maintains a collection of wild animals, typically in a park or gardens, for study, conservation, or display to the public.” Conservation has the definition from zookeepers.eu of “the practice of protecting plant and animal species and their habitats.” It can be shown just by the definition that zoos are more of an entertainment source or “collection” and conservations are more towards protecting animals and not showing off.


     There are certain places like Disney’s Animal Kingdom that can be both a conservation while still showing off the animals in a positive way. They are a conservation unit and raise money to help the animals and save different species. Some people have different views, for example a student named Daniel Potts from Lake Howell said “zoos are not as sustainable for animals as conservations. Conservations are more helpful with the animals and make me feel better as a person to support.” This shows how people can feel uncomfortable going to zoos as there is no clear answer as to where donation money goes and where the animals originate from. Conservation tends to be more clear on where the animals originate from as most of them are saved from a disaster or other unfortunate event. Most places want to educate people on the different species.


     The comparison shows that both can have good intentions for the animals well being but conservation is the more secure choice for animals.