Saturday, June 6, 2015

In my home town the Chaffee Zoo had four Malaysian Tiger cubs born a little over a year ago. Some of the reading suggests that zoos are horrible organizations, squeezing money out of consumers and making animals live horrible lives for our entertainment. But several animals live longer in captivity and zoo breeding programs can help bounce back endangered species. There are so few Malaysian cubs that when these four were born the world population increased by about 2%. In just one generation. In the last century there were about 20 California Condors alive in the world and the San Diego Zoo started a breeding program that saved the species. The United States has some amazing zoos and they are one of the keys to helping animals stave off extinction.

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