What makes a good zoo?
People love rankings of "The 10 Best" hospitals, doctors, cities, neighborhoods, colleges, museums and, of course, Zoos! But rankings can differ based on who does the judging and what standards are important to them. Modern zoos are expected to play a variety of roles that would have been unthinkable a hundred years ago. Education, conservation, research, breeding and entertainment, all the while providing a safe and wholesome life for captive animals. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has accredited almost 300 zoos in the USA as meeting its standards. But, sometimes even these zoos run into problems, when limitations of funding, space, or management come to the fore. Have you ever witnessed zoo practices that made you uncomfortable? What should we as consumers look for as we decide which zoos to visit and support?