■According to the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA), there are over 10,000 zoos worldwide. In the U.S. alone, of which 212 are members of the AZA, an organization that requires high standards of animal care, science, and conservation.
■“In their restricted zoo-world many animals succumb to ailing mental health and go mad. It is easy to see animals with unnatural behavior in zoos. You can see self-mutilation, such as tail chewing or excessive plucking out of fur or feathers, see listless indifference, and see abnormal repetitive behaviours (stereotypies) like pacing up and down or rocking back and forth for ages. These behaviors indicate neurosis or insanity brought on by boredom, deprivation, frustration and stress.”
■“The use of nutritional supplements is popular among animal caretakers. Although many keepers and pet owners use nutritionally complete feeds that require no supplementation, supplements are still often provided. The nutrient content of the current diet should be established or estimated first to determine whether any supplement is needed or whether a supplement should be discontinued.”
Animals in Zoo's lose many freedoms that they don't have in the wild. Yes they are kept safe and fed regularly, but they are still encaged and do not live a normal life style. Many animals habits change and sometimes cause self harm or their diets will suffer. We at LDNIM do not support nor oppose Zoo's, we want all animals to be as healthy as possible. On LDN these animals will release more endorphins causing them to be happier and healthier. The animals will not be as sick as often and easier to care for. This will make the experience better for the animals and for the viewer!