Zoos, then and now
According to the National Geographic, a zoo is a place for captive animals to be viewed by people. This changed overtime after the 18th century when scientists decided to educate the public about animals, with conservation becoming top priority.
However, whether a zoo captures wildlife or conserves it remains a sensitive topic.
The Philippine Zoos and Aquariums Association, Inc. (PHILZOOS, Inc.) held a general assembly at Ark Avilon Zoo in Pasig City to discuss how they could change people’s perception of zoos .
“Despite . . . efforts to [observe] best practices on zoological institution management, zoos are still generally seen as ‘nagkukulong ng wildlife (holding wildlife captive),’” said Dr. Bernard Baysic of the Philippine Veterinary Medicine Association.
PHILZOOS President Jake Gaw discussed the proposed projects to update zoos on local and international laws and practices, in cooperation with governing bodies.