Just like you probably did too, I used to like zoos when I was a kid. I haven’t been in a zoo for years so when I was offered a ticket to the Toronto Zoo I accepted and decided to play tourist in my own city. I honestly thought the Toronto Zoo was one of the most beautiful zoos where animals were kept in natural environments. I have no idea where I got that from because what I saw was kinda sad with most animals leaving indoor in concrete buildings or outdoor in small cages or surrounded by not-so-discrete fences. You might say it’s because I went in winter time at the end of February but nevertheless I know for sure that I won’t go back to a zoo in a near future.
I won’t argue here if zoos are good or bad for animals. Some say they play an important role in conservation and research. Other say they are prisons for humans’ entertainment. I’ll leave the debate to activists and let you be the judge with some photos below.
A giraffe in its winter “home”
An oversized aquarium is beautiful to the human eye.
Is an overcrowded space comfortable for the animals?
Rhino’s indoor space
“c2b” waiting for the time to pass by
Some fancy birds in a fake forest
Penguins living in plastic boxes
Polar bear being fed so that visitors can see it underwater
The meal is over. What is it up to now?
Being weird in front of the door, walking back and forth and swaying its head.
Time for a psychological evaluation?
The lion’s and cheetah’s very natural environments
Young orangutan monkeying around
Does every monkey carry a bottle of water in the tropical rainforest?
Mom feeding its little one
Little one caught sucking mom’s nipple and got shy
Well-trained bird asking to go out
Another natural environment for monkeys
And some more natural looking photos:
Turs hanging out
And the “cute” part: the baby polar bear