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thanks to @BBCr4today for having me on to talk about giraffes in zoos. zoos have good intentions, but a giraffe enclosure is much less than 1% of a giraffe’s natural range...
not so long ago, zoo managers thought any animals - even *whales* - could be kept in zoos. but the tide has turned. London Zoo no longer has elephants and polar bears. David Attenborough himself says some animals shouldn’t be in zoos:
anyway, more on this in my book HOW TO LOVE ANIMALS IN A HUMAN-SHAPED WORLD. and I want to emphasise that zoos are full of good people, who are often constrained by tradition and by a perception of what the public expects.
and I leave you with this gorgeous photo from the LRB and this amazing stat from @edyong209
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