Visit The Zoo Day
Visit the Zoo Day is a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most fascinating and interesting species on Earth. You can find a zoo near you no matter where you live. Today, zoos play a central role in much of the research into animal behavior and how to save endangered animals from starvation. Many zoos offer breeding programs that allow them to work with other facilities to increase endangered species numbers. Many zoos also house native species. The idea of exotic animals being kept in a restricted area so that others can view them is not new. Excavators in Egypt found the first such enclosure, known as a “menagerie”, around 3500 B.C. King Solomon of Israel, King Nebuchadnezzar from Babylonia, and Alexander the Great were all known to have been avid animal collectors. The Tower of London was later used by British monarchs to keep wild animals. They could be fed and walked around the Tower of London. In 1828, London opened the first zoo. It was not intended to entertain monarchs, but to educate and entertain them. You’ve probably been to the zoo many times before. However, you know how busy people can be with their animals and not pay enough attention to them. To learn as much as you can about specific animals before you go, make it a point to read up on them. Spend more time with the animal than you would normally, and take notes about their behaviours so that you can discuss them later with your family or partner. Remember why zoos exist and make the most of their learning opportunities.