A zoo is no longer an appropriate place for children. An institution that imprisons animals for entertainment purposes and monetary gain has outlived its usefulness.
Parole is Denied!
In the wild, elephants can roam 30 miles in one day.
Zoos Filled with Heartbreak
A Wasted Life
Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, Illinois
“The Brookfield Zoo has lost its second animal in one week.
The Chicago Zoological Society reports ‘Dusti’ the giraffe died in an accident.
Before the zoo opened Saturday morning, one of Dusti’s zookeepers found the animal caught in a rope and unresponsive. Officials say it looks like he reached over from his exhibit space to an adjacent hallway where the rope was located.
Dusti arrived at Brookfield in 1998 from Busch Gardens in Florida.
Last weekend, one of Brookfield zoo’s dolphins died of a respiratory illness.“
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Additional Reported Deaths at Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, Illinois
- 11/2003 A grey wolf is shot by police when it would not let go of the arm of a woman who hopped the barrier and tried to pet the wolf.
- 5/2000 Crocodile dies of unknown causes.
- 1/2011 Fractured skull causes death of performing dolphin.
Life and Death at Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois
A Few of the Reported Deaths and Injuries at Lincoln Park Zoo
“The arm of a small ape was amputated last month at Lincoln Park Zoo, a spokeswoman confirmed Sunday.
News of the amputation came as zoo officials grappled with controversy surrounding the deaths of three elephants, three monkeys, two gorillas and a camel in the last seven months.
It also came the same about 180 animal-rights activists staged a protest at the zoo. They called for the dismissal of zoo President Kevin Bell, the release to the public of information about the zoo’s operations and the elimination of elephant exhibits at the zoo.”
May 16, 2005 By Hal Dardick, Tribune staff reporter.
Additional Deaths at Lincoln Park Zoo2004/2005
Wanki, an elephant, died during transport to San Diego. Public outcry spearheaded the move of 36 year old Wanki from enduring cold Chicago winters to the warmer climate of San Diego.
Peaches, a 55 year old elephant, dies of unknown causes.
Tatina, a 35 year old elephant dies from rare lung infection.
Three Francios Langur monkeys, that were moved to an outside enclosure, ingested toxic yew leaves within their reach.
Kumba, a 35 year old gorilla, dies from kidney failure.
Mumbali, a gorilla, dies of unknown causes.
A baby marmoset drowns in an undrained pool inside the enclosure. Inexperienced keeper failed to drain pool as a safety precaution.
Betty, a 35 year old harbour seal dies after 35 years in captivity. The reported cause of death is old-age.
Kipper, a chimpanzee, dies of an upper respiratory infection.
Alpha, a 48 year old lowland gorilla, dies of kidney failure.
A nine day old baby gorilla dies of head trauma.
If Field Trips to Zoos Continue
Make the Zoo Field Trip Worthwhile
Zoo Assignment-Worksheet #1
Directions: Each time a stress behavior is observed, put a check next to the observed behavior. We will tally the results upon returning to school. Discussion will follow.
Please record the number of exhibited stress behaviors while observing the captive animals at the zoo.
2. repetitive movement
3. pacing backwards and forwards
4. head bobbing
5. repeatedly retracing steps
6. sitting motionless
7. biting own self
9. pulling or biting hair from its own body