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Zoos, then and now

Animal Scene - - CONTENTS - by Max­ine Louise Lag­man

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.

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