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Zoos have their purpose

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Lions communicate back and forth across enclosures.

Lions communicate back and forth across enclosures.

Olivia Comer

Olivia Comer

Lions communicate back and forth across enclosures.

Olivia Comer, Online Editor in Chief

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I bet you’ve seen your favorite animal in a zoo. Think about it, would you love your favorite animal so much if you had never even seen it? Connections are made at zoos, people develop love for the animals they see and for some people that love turns into donation money.

I love going to see the pandas at the zoo and honestly I don’t feel bad about it. Panda bears have now been taken off the endangered species list because extensive efforts have been taken to breed them in captivity to bring them back. Zoos have their purpose. I do not believe that roadside zoos are a good thing because they do not have near enough funding to properly keep the animals, but zoos like the National Zoo, the Bronx Zoo or the Cincinnati Zoo I strongly believe are a good thing.

I know that might be a horrifying statement but think about it. Why do people have such strong connections with animals in zoos? Because they have seen them in zoos and have grown fond of them. Did you fall in love with pandas before you saw one in real life? Probably not. If a zoo is done right it is a great thing for the animals. Zoos are meant to tug on the heartstrings of animal lovers so that maybe they’ll reach out and do something to help these endangered animals.

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