5 Videos That Prove Animals REALLY Don’t Want To Be In Zoos

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Environment, Wildlife with 20 Comments

Orangutan in a cage-compressed

Amanda Froelich | True Activist

Did you know? The majority of animals in popular zoos are not endangered but were plucked from the wild (or, in some circumstances, obtained through illegal trafficking) to live in cramped enclosures so that humans might be entertained. This goes against the popular argument that zoos exist to protect species from extinction – a seemingly noble goal.

As it is, wild-animal parks often favor large and charismatic animals to draw a crowd but neglect less popular species that also need to be protected. And, while confining animals in zoos keeps them alive, the practice does nothing to protect wild populations and their habitats.

In addition, captive animals are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them. As a result, the physical and mental frustrations of captivity can eventually wear on them, resulting in abnormal, neurotic, and even self-destructive behavior. Many even suffer from a condition called “zoochosis,” which manifests as incessant pacing, swaying, head-bobbing, bar-biting, and self-mutilation.

Credit: Gaston Lacombe

Credit: Gaston Lacombe

Zoos breed animals because the presence of babies draws even more visitors and boosts revenue. But after the animals’ “cuteness” has been outgrown, their fate is often bleak. It is not unheard of for the parks to dump unwanted animals with traveling circuses or into the wild. Doing so, of course, is a death sentence, for the animals were denied the opportunity to learn survival skills in captivity, can transmit diseases to their wild counterparts, and often have no natural habitat left to return to because of human encroachment.

In fact, humans are largely responsible for the swift decline of the world’s biodiversity. According to a 2004 report by the World Conservation Union, human activities that cause pollution, climate change, and the destruction of animals’ habitats are currently placing more than 7,000 animals species in jeopardy of extinction.

The millions of dollars that zoos regularly squander – on redesigning enclosures that do little to nothing to improve animal welfare, erecting statues and amusement rides, and building gift shops and concession stands – would do far more to help animals if spent on habitat preservation projects.

One only needs to view the five videos below to conclude that doing so would be a worthy investment of time and resources. These animals clearly would prefer being in their natural habitats:

1) Gorilla Charges And Breaks Glass

2) Lion Claws at Enclosure

3) Beluga Startles Children

4) Example Of Zoochosis

5) 9 Animals Driven Insane

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  1. 10209534309621662@facebook.com' Kimberly Thompson says:


  2. 171338693261142@facebook.com' Adam Jon Jacobson says:

    no fool listens to me, world war 3, then world peace, the rich will die many times, if this doesn’t happen this world can go to hell

  3. 1000177786697417@facebook.com' Kate Elliott says:


  4. 228010034235898@facebook.com' Benjamin Herceg says:

    As much as inocent humans want to be in jail ..

  5. 543124819192297@facebook.com' Kathy Ingram says:


  6. 1739611769608398@facebook.com' Marc Simoneau says:

    FREEDOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOUT LES ÊTRE DE LA PLANÈTE ONT DROIT À LEUR LIBERTÉ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. 10153315675378691@facebook.com' Cindy Burt-Roy says:

    No. I was glad when the Calgary zoo stopped displaying polar bears. As much as I love them ?

  8. 160008194395685@facebook.com' Shawn Unruh says:

    Let em go

  9. 10153087665832852@facebook.com' Dean Judy Rosie Fyfe says:

    no, they should be in sanctuaries and reserves and rescues, with all due respect, jude

  10. 212429825804041@facebook.com' UjutPaneerak Wilkins says:

    RESPECT.. for ANY kind of LIFE, WHERE IS IT?!! …satanSSSS

  11. 1555769108075198@facebook.com' Polchai Sappasithipanich says:

    “Free me” is all they would say if they could.

  12. 10206208790436815@facebook.com' Jeanne Ham says:

    No to zoo with cages??

  13. 1214317518578971@facebook.com' Sandhya Ramsundersingh says:


  14. 10156595213145165@facebook.com' Diana Schaber says:

    Zoos are prisons, it’s animal slavery for human entertainment. The only places that should exist are sanctuarys for the ones that need it, and animal preserves. Poor animals.

  15. 10208062889751225@facebook.com' SB Stolley says:

    Humans have a mind set for some reason, that EVERY THING on this planet is for them. Their use, their misuse and abuse. I don’t understand where this came from but it is obviously WRONG.

  16. 10153604004317799@facebook.com' Steve Omara says:

    Damn, I got zoochosis……

  17. 139559223114063@facebook.com' Emery Myers says:

    The United States loves to put everything and everyone behind bars. We are #1 at it….for absolute real. #sadreality

  18. 584030725078444@facebook.com' Christina Gordon says:

    you would think in the year 2016 that these practises would be no more. Not only for wild animals but even domestic ones!

  19. 641595699326213@facebook.com' Joanne Mah says:


  20. 606967146124936@facebook.com' Rob Vasilis Formby says:


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