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Jamie GreyBIO-2202/10/2017Ms. NorrisBenefits of Animals in CaptivityHumans have been housing animals in captivity for years with many positive outcomesfor both animals and humans alike. The first modern zoo sprung up in Europe in the eighteenthcentury, while the first American zoos came about in the 1870s (Jamieson, 1994). They haveevolved since then to the zoo model we know today. Throughout the years, places such as zoosand aquariums have allowed humans to become more educated about different animal species.They have been given the opportunity and privilege to be up close and personal with animals thatthey typically would not be able to see in their natural, wild habitat. Having animals in captivityis a positive experience for both humans and animals because it helps humans learn aboutdifferent animal species, provides a safe place for animals to live and breed, and provideswholesome, enjoyable entertainment for the entire family.By having animals in the safety of a controlled environment such as a zoo, humans havethe opportunity to research and become more educated on the animal species. While humans arelearning about the animals and gaining knowledge of their instincts and habits, the animals areprotected and can safely live their lives free from most outside threats. Animals that are typicallyprey to other animals can be safe in a conservation habitat or zoo setting. Animals do not have tostruggle to find food, as they are being fed daily. Around the turn of the 19thcentury, scientistslike Charles Darwin took an interest in animals and classifying them (Young, 2003).London1
Zoo was founded in 1826 and for the first twenty years it was opened, it was available only toscientists for educational purposes (Young, 2003). Zoos have evolved over time to make themmore animal friendly. The current zoo model is popular because it places the animal in anenclosure similar to their natural habitat. The benefits to science is that it helps facilitateeducation programs by conserving the entire animal, it’s behaviors and genes (Young, 2003).

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Term
Spring
Professor
Lenk
Tags
Conservation Biology, Ex situ conservation, captive animals

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