I know that our 'Abcw' friend Melody is passionately fond of her local ZOO, sadly I'm not fond of ZOOS... my apologies to Melody.
I just don't like to see wild animals taken out of their natural habitat and shipped off to far away lands then put into pens or large landscaped arenas. I know the Curators and keepers of present day ZOOS do their level best to create the right environment for the animals, it just seems cruel, to keep them in captivity.
ZEBRAS enjoying each others company on the African Tundra.
The King of the Jungle.... Master of all he surveys.
The ever alert Tiger often found in the mountains of India.
There are so many Safari Parks and Wild Game Reserves out in Asia, Africa and India, where people can see them in their natural environment.
Australia has special reserves, right across the Bush and is inhabited by many species including, Kangaroos, Crocodiles and Koala Bears.
Mama Koala Bear and baby taking in the sun in the Aussie Bush.
Kangaroos having a chat in the Australian Bush.
Crusty old Croc...I still wouldn't make shoes out of him. Even Crocodiles have feelings, even they cry sometime, ever heard of crocodile tears ...
Last but not least the most amazing wild animal of all....The Majestic Elephant probably walking to the next water hole with a very tiny baby Elephant on the open plains of Africa.
Bath time for the babies (below) with Mama Elle-Phant looking on!
I bet you can guess by now that my favourite wild animal is the magnificent Elephant.
Now! You tell me;
How could all these beautiful animals be happy in an enclosed and restrictive ZOO ?
The Elephants need to roam freely to find food and water.
The Lions need to hunt for food and strut around surveying their kingdom.
The Tigers need to hang out, way up in trees, to take a snooze, always with one eye open waiting for lunch to pass by.
I hope the illustrations, along with my expressed feelings about putting wild animals in ZOOS, indicate just how much land and open space they require to enjoy their lives!
Also climate should be taken into consideration
For instance, putting a Polar Bear in an enclosed pen in Florida, with a small pond of muddy water is downright cruel.
I remember watching one in a ZOO walking round and round and shaking his head, indicated how he was being driven mad by being enclosed in such a confined space.
Polar Bears, instinctively walk for miles and miles over frozen ice packs, hunting for food by diving by into the icy Arctic waters, catching fresh fish to feed themselves and their cubs.
Just going for a snoooZZZZZ now because Leslie (The Pedalogue) is in town, can't wait to see her tomorrow...we're going to a lovely Italian restaurant called Gusto, down at the Albert Dock on the Liverpool riverfront. It's a BUZZY place with loads of PIZZAZZ.
My sincere thanks to the ZANY Denise who celebrated a very special birthday last week, 'Happy Birthday Denise' hope you had a ZESTY party with all your friends and family. xxx. My thanks also to Roger our administrator who, each week ZIPS around our blogs keeping up with the current contributions. Last, but not least, thanks to the team of ZINGY helpers who lessen Roger's workload... we hope!