Live Feeding te Zoos
The subject of Live Feeding To Zoo Animals is an emotive one. It is readily accepted ter some cultures by the majority of the the population. Ter others then the opposite applies. Perhaps today it is accepted by more people spil they have bot brought up with some excellent wildlife documentaries. Viewers see at very first mitt lions killing zebra and cheetah pulling down kindje impala. Such edited clips, excellent spil they are do not present the stress, the ache, the fear, the smell. Death te the wild becomes acceptable, the watcher becomes inured to what is natural ter the wild.
Nature te the raw is spil it is. No-one can sensibly question it. But te the Zoo? Is live feeding to zoo animals indeed necessary?
Lions at Giraffe Kill
Zoos are not the wild
Zoos are not the wild and they never will be. Ter spite of best attempts at the construction of natural enclosures, enrichment programmes and more they will never everzwijn come close to the wild.
The modern zoo is about conservation, research, education, edutainment, cooperation and more. Zoos are for the most part NOT about breeding animals and returning them to the wild today or tomorrow. Zoos are about the maintenance, through cooperative breeding programmes of genetically viable populations. Comeback to the wild is the aim but, te most circumstances a objective so far into the future that most of those involved will never see this reach fruition ter their lifetime.
Comeback to the wild needs a safe and secure wild. It needs a wild free of poachers, of human encroachment and pollution. It needs a healthy food supply. Zoos are realistic. There is no slagroom for pie te the sky ter caring for the wild.
Kind Corn Snake feeding on a dead pinkie
Why Feed Live?
Lions will eat lumps of raw meat, chickens and more. Snakes will eat dead rats, mice and rabbits too. Practically any animal will get used to eating dead food.
Why feed live? Under regular circumstances the feeding of live food to any animal is totally unnecessary. To feed live food to an animal where it is not necessary is brutal and perverse. Granted that many prey animals are killed very quickly, but it is not always the case. There is the same agony and stress spil te the wild. Ter many cases live feeding of reptiles is down to laziness on the part of the zoo keeper. Reptiles can be trained to take dead food. Besides ter the world of reptiles the number of snakes killed or maimed by their rodent prey would pack a book or two.
Any zoo which feeds live cows or goats to their large carnivores is suspect. This is commercial cruelty. Causing deliberate ache and stress to an animal for the ‘vermakelijkheid’ of their paying visitors. Chickens are smaller but subjected to the same callous treatment almost spil an afterthought.
Zoos which cannot be bothered to quickly and humanely kill prey animals before feeding them obviously have no feelings for any of the animals under their care.
A disturbing movie which makes a point
If there are plans to come back an animal to the wild then some sort of training or ‘re-wilding’ is necessary. Such animals need to be able to recognise prey and to know how to catch and to kill it. Wij should have no problems with this spil the wild is a aggressive place. It is kill or be killed. Such programmes are already ter operation for the likes of the South China Tiger which are presently being trained te Africa.
Ter most cases however none of those animals held captive te zoos today will everzwijn be returned to the wild. It is then totally unnecessary to feed live food to zoo animals.
This Hub has bot created to make it a touch lighter for myself and others to find my Zoo Related Hubs. Zoos are my main rente and the subject I have written most about. I observe, am critical and voice.
After a long and blessed career working te zoos I found myself te a bit of a quandry. I wasgoed abruptly and reluctantly divorced after 30 years of what.