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zoos are.... 

55 deviants said good and bad, depending on how the zoo operates/provides for their animals; however many (most) are bad news
47 deviants said good and even important
28 deviants said my feelings are too mixed to say words like 'good' or 'bad'
27 deviants said fine, depending on which animals are kept; some certain animals should never be in captivity no matter how popular they are. others are ok
2 deviants said bad, wild animals never belong in captivity with the exception of animal sanctuaries
2 deviants said other (comment)
1 deviant said bad, wild animals never ever belong in captivity. any conservation efforts should take place outside of captivity

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quartz-witch Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
They can be good or bad. I am pro zoo for those who take propercare of their animals when it comes to HUMANE research, rehabilitation or keeping endangered species alive through breeding programs to prevent extinction.

But then there are zoos like the smithsonian in MD which was absolutely horrific when i went in 2014-2015. . . the closed quarters for many of the small animals was filthy and dated, the reptile house smelled absolutely disgusting as well as the bird enclosure and ESPECIALLY THE AQUARIUMS which smelled awful like the kind of fish tank that you see in dirty pet shops they are never cleaned to the point you cant see the fish what so ever. They all had nasty fungi and bacteria floating in every tank and the majority of the fish were sick or dead. This is the kind of zoo that shouldnt be running because you could easily see that they didnt truly care for the animals health or space to wander about.
Starmuttani Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017
I'm a zookeeper and the amount of intelligent educated responses on this poll makes me so so incredibly happy to read.
TigerTang Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Panneh Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017
Personally I'm pro zoo as long as the animals are housed correctly and are given enough mental stimulation to be content in their surroundings. Seeing animals which are clearly stressed is upsetting, hence why I'm against animals like orcas and polar bears being kept in captivity, and skeptical about other species like elephants and gorillas, as the space and mental stimulation for these species is higher than what can be reasonably achieved in a zoo environment. 

That being said I think zoos are vital in connecting people to animals, I think people care a lot more when they can see and interact with animals in person than via a screen. I love seeing how zoos persevere with conservation efforts - London zoo regularly update their site with progression and achievements in conservation as a result of public support which is great knowing your money is making a difference.
Red-Plague-Doctor Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think either of the poll answers suits me entirely; but with zoos I feel like animals that are endangered and such should be in due to the fact they need their species to be brought back from the brink of extinction. We already lost the Black Rhino recently in 2011 due to stupid poachers and the White Rhino is inching close too smfh

Roadside Zoos are a no go smh stupid people just going for a quick cash grab

But conservation reserves, zoos with proper care and know about the species and what they're doing and rescues are a good choice. Big Cat Rescue rescues wild and big cats from a variety of things; which they work back to health and release them back to the wild if they can uvu

Overall, I feel Zoos and any other conservation areas anywhere is the last line of defense to saving a species. Such as Manta Rays, Apes and more
Ranohara Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Student General Artist
I do think that there are some animals that should not be in captivity, at least not with the current measures we can provide. There's a reason you don't see great white sharks in an aquarium, for example. But overall, I think AZA accredited zoos that do well by their animals are a wonderful thing. A lot of us met our favorite animals because of zoos- we're compelled to protect them because we've seen them as a sort of ambassador of the species, and by inspiring that kind of awe, we can do a lot of good. 
UnfortunateCorvid Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Zoos aren't bad, but not all zoos are good. 
Like comixqueen said, AZA certified zoos are super duper important. I'm studying to be a zoologist currently (to work with animals both in zoos and in the field), and though there are some damn terrible zoos out there which need to just get off the face of the earth, the certified ones do amazing things for conservation. Most of those zoos are non-profit and donate to conservation efforts outside of the zoos. There are some species in zoos that are only found there in captivity (IUCN list: Extinct in Wild) and are holding and breeding the population so that it can be rereleased into the wild when possible, and some species have been saved by being placed in zoo breeding programs. For the species that cannot be released back into the wild or that aren't endangered, they still serve a vital purpose, despite being captive. They're there in case something does happen to the population outside of the zoo as well as to be individuals that represent the species so that people can learn more about them and potentially go on to do more for the species. Either way, all of the species present at a proper zoo are serving their species in one way or another. 

I know if zoos didn't exist, I'd probably not be nearly as into conservation and certain species. Sure, television documentaries featuring the animals did a lot of heavy lifting there, too, but seeing the animals up close (well, relatively) at a zoo really helped my interest in animals blossom and grow.

Here's an excellent list of reasons that go over what I'd cover and more. 

Now if you want to talk bad, aquariums are the worst. You can't breed fish well in captivity, so most species are taken directly from the wild for aquariums. I am just not a fan in so many ways.
RottingRoot Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm in the good and bad boat
there are some out there that work as rescue zoos and help bring the animal back to full health ect. then will let them go back to their homes in the wild, they also save animals from abusive homes and keep them in good care since they can not be in the wild due to being "domesticated"
where there are some out there that just do not take care of animals in proper ways at all and I hate seeing the horror stories of such places
comixqueen Featured By Owner Edited Dec 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Roadside zoos need to go away, but AZA zoos and other AZA facilities do very good and important conservation work.

AZA Stamp by comixqueen
Lionblaze03 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
depends on the zoo, man
some zoos do really honorable work repopulating dying species, give them massive enclosures, well fed on a proper diet, etc, and sometimes they do none of these things and are downright abusive.
Corvidz Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love them 
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