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I think the only place wild animals belong is in their own natural habitat. For this reason, I don't like zoos. Imagine being taken out of your home into something which is about 75% smaller and having people come look at you for amusement. That spells c-r-u-e-l in my opinion.
 

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Anyone know much about the Atlanta zoo? I'm thinking og visiting it in June. It has been years since I last went to a zoo. Maybe going to one and having a look around with my now-vegan eyes, will finalize my opinion.
 

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I would say that it's fairly good, as far as zoo habitats are concerned, but not very good or excellent, when I compare it to others I've seen. It's been about 5 years since my visit, and it was a relatively quick visit.
 

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The only zoo I've ever been to is the Milwaukee Zoo, which I'll never go to again. The "caretakers" were caught beating the elephants several years back. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Plus, none of the habitats are close to being what they should. Since the weather here is pretty cold most of the time, the animals spend the majority of their time in small rooms. The last time I visited, there was a lion that a lot of people were looking at. He kept pacing back and forth, then suddenly started throwing himself against the plexiglass. People started laughing about it. I was horrified.<br><br><br><br>
I do agree that if done right, zoos /could/ be okay. However, I remain skeptical. Either way, I'll never visit one again.<br><br><br><br>
Now, sanctuaries are a different story. There's a wildlife sanctuary an hour away from me that rehabilitates wild animals, then releases them back into the wild. They do have some animals there that aren't able to return to the wild because of permanent injuries, but it's a far stretch from the zoo. It's got tons of ducks and geese around which you can feed with corn that's provided. Very cool. We're planning on going there this Saturday if the weather permits.
 

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I recently went to the living desert with my family, and although I was impressed by their new health facility (One of the biggest and the best in the west) and their determination for releasing the animals that were rescued from the wild with injuries, the enviroments that the captive ones were i were so small... the meerkats were in a small cage, and there were only three, and the mountain lion, well, you could see thew pain on it's face. It and the dingo kept pacing and pacing... (notice a couple of those mentioned are not Californian natives? Thry also have 3 giraffes, that have what seem to me a small place, but I AM used to the Wild Animal park.....<br><br>
Speaking of the San Diego Zoo/Wild Animal Park, I need to go see the Pygmy Marmosets... their my favorite to visit<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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