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exportations within the next year, the number of animals needing placement than institutions wanting to
receive them, and vice versa (Conservation). Through the use of the equation she provides in her Malloy 5
explanation, it is highly unlikely that a zoo or aquarium would be able to introduce more animals than
permitted, based on the strict enforcement of these guidelines. This is to ensure each animal is treated
equally and with enough attention to sustain a healthy and normal life.
One of the main concerns that these institutions take whilst keeping these animals captive is the
unsure response the animals will have once they return to the wild. In order to properly assess this
concern, the AZA has come up with strict rules for the reintroduction of captive animals into the wild.
They adopted nineteen rules for reintroduction in 1992 and each institution is required to regard the
topic as if it were a deliberate science. The AZA prohibits the release of any animal without due
diligence and careful planning. For instance, the AZA will not stand for releasing animals with predators
in the area, animals with a disease or sickness, animals that will be “orphaned” or outcasted, or animals
to a facility already at maximum capacity (Animal Care and Management). These guidelines provide
evidence that institutions take every precaution before releasing the animals into the wild. Because these
researchers and employees spent countless hours preparing the animals for release, it would be
counterproductive to release them into a dangerous area where they may encounter harm. This process
is incredibly crucial to the quality and sustainability of each animal’s life because it showcases the
amount of care and effort the institutions take in order to provide a high quality and long - lived life after
the term in captivity. Ideally, this process proves that institutions don’t stop caring for the welfare of the
animal once it’s out of sight.
Locally, our own Zoo Boise has done an exceptional job in preserving wild animals which bring
not only education to the surrounding cities, but also cares for one hundred and sixteen species under
the Species Survival Plan Program. The zoo explains their goal is to, “maintain a healthy and genetically
diverse population for these animals in order to increase their numbers and with the hope of ultimately
reintroducing certain zoo-
bred animals into their natural habitats” (Zoo Boise). In compliance with each Malloy 6
AZA guideline for collecting these animals, caring for them, and reintroducing them into the wild, Zoo
Boise offers the opportunity for the entire area to educate themselves on species they may not have
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This note was uploaded on 01/12/2014 for the course ENGLISH 102 taught by Professor Bailey during the Fall '11 term at Boise State.
- Fall '11