Tuesday 21 November 2017

Zoo death statistics can be misleading - we care deeply for all of our animals

Leo Oosterweghel is the director of Dublin Zoo
Leo Oosterweghel is the director of Dublin Zoo

Leo Oosterweghel

There is absolutely no room in this world for zoos with substandard practices and poor consideration for animal wellness. Poorly managed zoos do not contribute to the genuine conservation effort and tarnish the reputation of all zoos. Nobody criticises or condemns them more strongly than those of us who are part of the zoo community.

A modern, world-class zoo is required to fulfil a number of responsibilities, including animal care to the highest standard, education, recreation and conservation.

A modern zoo is no longer a Victorian-era caged attraction for the well-heeled paying public, but a place that has enormous potential to contribute positively to visitor awareness of the living world and to inspire hope and action from our visitors. An extraordinary 66,000 students passed through the Dublin Zoo gates last year to attend specifically created education programmes.

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