During the global pandemic, millions of animals in zoos have been left feeling lonely since their doors shut to visitors.
Keep scrolling to learn about these unfortunate animals and how keepers have been keeping them entertained…
And today, many perceive them as inhumane and cruel.
But things weren’t always like this.
And the excitement of seeing exotic animals in enclosures completely overrode the concept of cruelty.
And these sanctuaries take care of wild animals who are endangered or cannot survive alone in the wild.
PETA, which is one of the world’s biggest animal activist groups, campaigns strongly against zoos and keeping animals in “makeshift prisons” and they work tirelessly to allow these animals to live in their natural habitats.
But sadly, zoos all around the world are now banking in millions of dollars and they are vital to numerous economies worldwide – especially in big countries such as here in the United States.
But now, in the current climate, concern for zoo animals is greater than ever.
And thanks to extreme social distancing measures, millions are now unable to go to work – including zoo workers.
But unlike many other businesses that have closed their doors due to the pandemic, zoos simply can’t lay dormant and lay off their workers.
And zoo maintenance needs to be kept on top of, which requires daily workers.
And when a German zoo proposed the possibility of euthanizing their animals – or even feeding them to one another – people began to panic.
And people all around the world have been expressing their concerns over these poor animals.
And they are beginning to wonder what has happened to all of the curious faces that they used to see on a daily basis.
Linda Hardwick, who is the communications director at Phoenix Zoo, said, “We have noticed that some of our more ‘social’ animals are not a fan of the stay at home and social distancing orders. Primates especially have noticed our guests are gone and go looking for them.”
“Our Tropical Flights Aviary is home to a very special, and social bird; Dinah the Bali myna, who is missing the attention of guests. Bird keepers are visiting her frequently to curb her loneliness.”
The rhinos and giraffes at New Zealand’s Orana Wildlife Park have still been turning up for their public appearances, despite nobody coming to see them.
Leo Oosterweghel, director of Dublin Zoo – which pulls in around 1.2 million visitors every year – said the animals look at him “with more surprise now.”
Animals are very intuitive.
“They come up and have a good look because they’re wondering what’s happened to everyone else. They are used to visitors,” he told The Irish Times.
Staff at Tokyo’s Sumida Aquarium are asking the public to video call with its eels to remind them humans exist.
On Twitter, the facility wrote, “They don’t see humans, except keepers, and they have started forgetting about humans… here is an urgent request. Could you show your face to our garden eels from your home?”
Paul Rose, a professor in animal behavior at the University of Exeter in the U.K, the zoos’ residents – such as primates and parrots – rely on our visits and engagement for “enrichment.”
“It is beneficial to the animal’s well-being and quality of life. If this stimulation is not there, then the animals are lacking the enrichment,” he told BBC News.
The majority of zoos have regular keepers attending to the animals and keeping them company.
In the meantime, keep scrolling to read about the abandoned Thai zoo that a tourist accidentally stumbled across…