Zoobesity

“We are a nation of couch potatoes, lacking the will and the strength to turn around the obesity tanker. …
While seeking to minimise the barriers that prevent healthy behaviours [in humans], we should make sure that the design of new environments is taken into account.
A good model would be to look at how zoos are designed. Before a zoo is built, it is common practice for zoologists, biologists, animal psychologists, nutritionists, architects, designers and landscape architects to work closely together to create an environment that optimises the living conditions for the animals. …
Ironically, we do not seem to make the same demands when a town, neighbourhood or workplace environment for humans is planned and designed.” https://theconversation.com/learning-from-zoos-how-our-environment-can-influence-our-health-77063

Urban planning must urgently focus on creating spaces suitable for lifetime incarceration that remove the last vestiges of free will.

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The con in conservation

“In zoos in Wales:
• Only 9% of species are endangered
• Only 17% of species are threatened
• 84% of mammals; 95% of birds; 93% of reptiles; 79% of amphibians are not endangered
The most common species held in Welsh zoos are the house mouse and guinea pig.” https://www.captiveanimals.org/con-in-conservation

The zoos stressed that they were clearly interested in conserving their business model, and claimed the house mice were living within buildings of their own free will.

The elephant in the moon

“The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums has said that leaving the EU without a deal could threaten already endangered species, whose survival depends on easy access to Europe-wide breeding programmes.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/shortcuts/2017/apr/09/how-to-move-an-elephant-to-europe-post-brexit

Zoos may retain a role in rehabilitation or palliative care for victims of our systemic animal abuse, but appealing to Europhobes on free movement? A bit ambitious. A bit late. How likely are anti-migrant, anti-refugee ‘populists’ to listen to ‘conservation’ dinosaurs? Actually, all too likely.

“Computer software does the matching. Each breeding programme has a coordinator who monitors the populations kept in captivity, and if it is time to move an animal – if there is a lone animal, or it is old enough to leave its family group, or a new zoo requires that species – they will contact the zoo and recommend it be involved in a breeding programme.”

Welcome to Orwellia.

“We then need to train the animal to go into that [transport] crate. It’s not a case any more of forcing an animal in.”

How enlightened.

Zoogle

Google and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are partnering to “test TV white space [the unused frequencies in the VHF or UHF bands] to monitor zoo animals as a trial run for real-time filming of life in the wild.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1009-hance-google-zoo-whitespace.html)

Google brings considerable technical experience in invasion of privacy.

Batshit

“The welfare of animals at London zoo is being put at risk by drunken visitors at its Friday night parties. … One zookeeper at the penguin beach was asked by a man leaning over the glass barrier, ‘Which penguin can I fight?'” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/18/london-zoo-party-night-animal-welfare)

As he was ejected, he protested, “I was only having a giraffe!”