Animals in Zoos Are Lonely Without Visitors, Keepers Say

During the global pandemic, millions of animals in zoos have been left feeling lonely since their doors shut to visitors.

Keep scrolling to learn about these unfortunate animals and how keepers have been keeping them entertained…

Over the years, zoos have become more and more controversial..

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And today, many perceive them as inhumane and cruel.

But things weren’t always like this.

Zoos were once a very popular family attraction…

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And the excitement of seeing exotic animals in enclosures completely overrode the concept of cruelty.

Of course, there are many zoos out there that work as animal sanctuaries and reserves…

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And these sanctuaries take care of wild animals who are endangered or cannot survive alone in the wild.

But the majority of zoos are considered inhumane and inappropriate.

PETA, which is one of the world’s biggest animal activist groups, campaigns strongly against zoos and keeping animals in “makeshift prisons” and they work tirelessly to allow these animals to live in their natural habitats.

Cages are no places for animals…

But sadly, zoos all around the world are now banking in millions of dollars and they are vital to numerous economies worldwide – especially in big countries such as here in the United States.

Activists have been working tirelessly for years now to try and rescue animals in captivity…

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But now, in the current climate, concern for zoo animals is greater than ever.

The global pandemic has caused worldwide lockdowns…

 

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And thanks to extreme social distancing measures, millions are now unable to go to work – including zoo workers.

And thanks to extreme social distancing measures, millions are now unable to go to work – including zoo workers.

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But unlike many other businesses that have closed their doors due to the pandemic, zoos simply can’t lay dormant and lay off their workers.

The poor animals stuck in zoos still need to be cared for…

And zoo maintenance needs to be kept on top of, which requires daily workers.

Animal activists and lovers have been expressing concern over how these animals will be cared for…

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And when a German zoo proposed the possibility of euthanizing their animals – or even feeding them to one another – people began to panic.

This concept horrified many…

And people all around the world have been expressing their concerns over these poor animals.

And it turns out that the animals themselves have also been having a pretty hard time…

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And they are beginning to wonder what has happened to all of the curious faces that they used to see on a daily basis.

Zoos all around the world are finding changes in their animal’s behavior…

Linda Hardwick, who is the communications director at Phoenix Zoo, said, “We have noticed that some of our more ‘social’ animals are not a fan of the stay at home and social distancing orders. Primates especially have noticed our guests are gone and go looking for them.”

“Our Tropical Flights Aviary is home to a very special, and social bird; Dinah the Bali myna, who is missing the attention of guests. Bird keepers are visiting her frequently to curb her loneliness.”

Us humans being in lockdown is completely out of the ordinary for the animals in these zoos…

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The rhinos and giraffes at New Zealand’s Orana Wildlife Park have still been turning up for their public appearances, despite nobody coming to see them.

And way across the pond in Ireland…

Leo Oosterweghel, director of Dublin Zoo – which pulls in around 1.2 million visitors every year – said the animals look at him “with more surprise now.”

Animals are very intuitive.

“They come up and have a good look because they’re wondering what’s happened to everyone else. They are used to visitors,” he told The Irish Times.

And in Japan…

Staff at Tokyo’s Sumida Aquarium are asking the public to video call with its eels to remind them humans exist.

On Twitter, the facility wrote, “They don’t see humans, except keepers, and they have started forgetting about humans… here is an urgent request. Could you show your face to our garden eels from your home?”

According to experts, animals in zoos rely strongly on their human visitors.

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Paul Rose, a professor in animal behavior at the University of Exeter in the U.K, the zoos’ residents – such as primates and parrots – rely on our visits and engagement for “enrichment.”

“It is beneficial to the animal’s well-being and quality of life. If this stimulation is not there, then the animals are lacking the enrichment,” he told BBC News.

But thankfully…

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The majority of zoos have regular keepers attending to the animals and keeping them company.

Only time will tell until we can start paying visits to our local zoos again.

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In the meantime, keep scrolling to read about the abandoned Thai zoo that a tourist accidentally stumbled across…

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