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Went to the zoo last week. Unplanned trip which ended up being around the same time we went last year. It was better than last year because the big cats were up and roaming about. When i say roaming about i mean pacing back and forth in the front of their cages. It makes me so sad to see these animals caged up, i feel bad for paying to see it. WHY do the fucking gazelles/deer things get HUGE open spaces when the cats appear to have tiny cages. I thought that large cats needed the chance to get a good run? Edinburgh Zoo sucks now compared to ten years ago. There are no Elephants or Giraffes and no reptile house! I have no idea why there is no reptile house, i used to love looking at the huge snakes.

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He looks blind. I don't think he had a problem with vision as he kept sort of stopping to look at me :)
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Date: 2010-06-29 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] likeneontubing.livejournal.com
his vision was fucked up in one eye, i remember askinga bout him. they are redesigning the bit of the hill where the llamas are for the big cats.

they decided elephants were too intelligent to keep in the zoo and enrich happily and so on, so decided not to have any.

Date: 2010-06-29 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dirtylaundry.livejournal.com
Thanks for the info hun :)!
Elephants are simply amazing :).
You out sat?
x

Date: 2010-06-29 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] likeneontubing.livejournal.com
ooh i might well be hehehe :D

Date: 2010-06-29 10:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heavierboots.livejournal.com
That is an incredible photo! Beautiful. xxx

Date: 2010-06-29 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dirtylaundry.livejournal.com
Thank you doll :)! xxx

Date: 2010-06-29 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caged-liberty.livejournal.com
A zookeeper told me once that big cats don't need as much space because when they are given it they still stick around the same little patch and don't run around or anything. Who knows.

Date: 2010-06-29 02:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] faerycake.livejournal.com
Yeah, I've been told similar things by people looking after circus animals, but wasn't sure if I believed them - I was under the impression animals only behaved like that when they didn't have enough stimuli.

I had a quick google about it and found this website, which says they mainly behave in odd ways (either by sitting still for long than they would in the wild, or by pacing etc) because they're really bored :(
http://www.usask.ca/wcvm/herdmed/applied-ethology/behaviourproblems/zooanim.html

Although I've got to hold my hands in the air and say I'm biased, as I feel pretty uncomfortable about zoos in general, so my perspective's going to be fairly critical. :(

Date: 2010-06-29 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dirtylaundry.livejournal.com
This is really interesting ta doll :).
Like, if you keep a goldfish in a big tank it will grow bigger kind of thing yeah?

There was a dead fox in the lions bit. It didn't appear to have been munched on which i found really odd. So they do like to hunt still. Perhaps not sure what to do with it after?

Yeah me too. I like them for the 'saving endangered species' thing, but the safari park does that and gives them a shitload more room!

x

Date: 2010-06-29 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velvet-noise.livejournal.com
Wow I love that picture.

I feel a bit weird about zoos too. They seem to be trying to rebrand them as "environmental parks" but I'm not sure what sort of a difference that makes.

Date: 2010-06-29 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dirtylaundry.livejournal.com
He is still not as good as officer dibble <3

Environmental parks. This brings the *facepalm*.

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Date: 2010-06-29 07:26 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-06-29 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enemy0finfants.livejournal.com
I just don't understand why people feel the need to trap animals and exhibit them as entertainment. It's understandable if they were injured and could not make it naturally in the wild or if their species are about to become extinct but most of them were captured for the hell of it. It makes me feel awful. Poor tiger.

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