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Articles about zoos

Animals as Entertainment

By Lynda Stoner

Zoos are for the enjoyment of humans, not animals. Our focus must be on retention and regeneration of natural habitat.

I still recall my first trip to a zoo as a child. Back then, people dressed up for such a special occasion – best frocks, much anticipation. Going to the zoo was an Event.

But the only feeling I still harbour from visiting the Adelaide Zoo decades ago is a sense of bleakness at the plight of the animals. George the orang-utan arrived from Borneo in the 1950s and existed in his barren environment until 1976. A statue of George has been erected at the zoo.