Zoo History

Zoos have been around for a long time, much longer than I could believe…

A collection of living animals usually for public display.

According that website,  “zoos” similar to the description above, have been around since

1500 B.C.!

Queen Hatshepsut was said to have had the first zoo in 1500 B.C., and 500 years later, Wen Wang had the second.

Zoos back then were not concerned with the animals’ welfare, but with the people’s entertainment.

Romans used their animals to

fight to the death in zoo’s which were as large as 1,500 acres.
Personally, I am surprised that this would be considered a zoo.
Does it make zoos okay, just because they have been around for such a long time? I believe not, because the animals were made to fight against each other. This was also common in Northern Africa, India, and China who had all had established zoos as well.

Based off of these zoos, they had started out as entertainment for people instead of what I believe to be more important

persevering and helping species.

The first zoo, Imperial Menagerie, was established in 1752, in Vienna Austria and it is still around today. Only it has been improved and up-to-date. Not too far from the zoo in Austria, Germany has the largest collection in Zoo Berlin (what used to be called The Berlin Zoological Gardens), it holds 15,000 animals and almost 1,700 species. By the 1980s more zoos were started that we see today. However, there was not much concern for the animal’s welfare. I believe that they were getting started and showing of their animals instead of thinking about them. Until the public’s opinions endured to change zoos, because they were more educated on the animals conditions. The Animal Welfare Act came into effect and so did the Endangered Species Act. This Act was to protect wildlife and their habitats.


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