clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

How do we fix the zoo?

Do the benefits of zoos justify the fact that some animals are clearly stressed out?

Liz Scheltens is a senior editorial producer for the Vox video team.

Many of us have fond memories of visiting the zoo as a child (or at any age), and more than a few of us probably credit those visits with turning us into animal lovers. So how should we square those warm, fuzzy feelings with research that shows the psychological harms of captivity for some animals?

That’s what Vox subscriber Gaurav Patil wanted to know, so producer Liz Scheltens started digging in. One way that zoos maintain their social license to operate despite our growing understanding of the harms to certain species is by marketing themselves as beacons of conservation.

Proponents argue that not only do zoos help preserve endangered wild populations, they also help make humans better conservationists. But when you look at the research, a different picture starts to emerge.

You can find this video and all of Vox’s videos on YouTube.

If you have a question like Gaurav’s and would love to be featured in a Vox video where we help find your answer, you can submit a video of your question through our form here.

Please note that for this format, we’re only accepting video questions, and text-only questions will not be considered at this time. It’s your question, so expect to be featured in a video should we choose to help answer!