I've been living here 22 years and have never been to the zoo, so asked to be taken by my boyfriend for my birthday. I've seen some great zoos (ie Vancouver) that are almost like wildlife parks with huge areas for the larger animals to roam in. I figured London Zoo would have updated their enclosures to be some of the largest and most natural for the animals of any zoo in the world. Now I dont like the idea of any animal being caged but I told myself that the conservation work the zoo does is an important enough reason for the zoo to be there.WRONG on both counts! As soon as we walked in we went past a very small cage housing a scrawny, sad looking bald eagle. He was pacing up and down the length of the fence in a very agitated fashion, over and over again. Certainly not the actions of a well adjusted happy bird. The rest of the enclosures, including the aquarium and the reptile cages, were far too small for the animals they housed. Even the penguin pool had no natural floor and the penguin was doing some odd pecking along the bottom of the concrete pool. Too sad, too cruel! I now cannot condone any zoo like this being kept open. Dreadful, we should all be ashamed of ourselves. Bring on virtual zoos and safari parks if necessary, but we need to stop this cruelty.
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6 June 2012
Many thanks for your comments regarding your visit to ZSL London Zoo. We are sorry you felt that the quality of our exhibits was not to standard, but we can assure you that our exhibits not only adhere to, but are highly regarded by the zoo's monitoring body for animal welfare. You may like to know that enrichment is used to encourage animals' natural behaviours. As a result of the introduction of enrichment techniques, you will see puzzle feeders, physically challenging feeding poles, climbing apparatus, variable substrates on enclosure floors, differing food types, novel objects to encourage exploration and play and scented herbs & plants, all of which attempt to allow the animals to behave as they would in their natural surroundings. Animal welfare is our priority and a devoted team of specialists in many different disciplines (including animal husbandry, health, nutrition, behaviour and records keeping) is employed to ensure the wellbeing of our animals.
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