Is something the matter with our zoos?

Zoological gardens, we have always been told, are places of learning where we can come face-to-face with the natural world, yet still stay close to home. A zoo has always seemed like an unparalleled opportunity to view animals as real living creatures and not just images in a picture book. And too, zoos can play a role in the protection of vulnerable animal species from extinction.

Still, there seem to be some serious problems with this principled view of zoos.

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