At least once a summer my family heads to the zoo. This year, our trip happened to be on one of the hottest days in August, so a lot of the animals weren’t out and about. However, to my sister’s delight, the giraffes and otters were more active than we’d ever seen them. The Roger William’s Park Zoo may be smaller than most, but it holds a special place in my heart.
Zoos are a controversial topic; keeping animals in enclosures smaller than their natural habitats often rubs people the wrong way. However, there is a notable importance of rescue and rehabilitation opportunities that zoos provide. Species have been brought back from the brink of extinction. Injured animals have been given second chances. So much research can be done, having creatures so close and accessible for observation. Also, zoos work to inform the public about protecting animals and their habitats, caring more about our world and considering that we aren’t the only species utilizing it.
I like the zoo because I can go spend a beautiful day with my family and feel a little more connected to the world. Reading that back, it sounds so cheesy, but it’s true. Sometimes I think about how much we could learn if all the creatures on this planet could communicate in one language. If that was reality, what do you think we’d discover?