Visit The Zoo Day is a great excuse to explore one of the most fascinating places on Earth! You can find animals here that you wouldn’t otherwise get to see in the wild, and you won’t have to worry about facing any predators!
Archaeological discoveries in ancient Egypt show evidence of zoos dating back to 3500 BC, with the remains of various animals such as hippos, elephants, and baboons. As these species could not survive in the area, they were likely brought in intentionally, though the remains showed signs of their hard lives, with multiple injuries found on the bones.
The first open animal exhibition was established by Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt in 1480 BC, and the animals were brought from expeditions that included dangerous predators. It is believed that the original zoos were meant to demonstrate the queen’s power and wealth. In China, in 1060 BC, a beautiful “Garden of the Mind” was constructed, containing fish, deer, and birds. It is likely that these animals were treated well, though in many cases, zoos were places of torture.
Today, many people view zoos as places of suffering for animals. However, modern society is vigilant in ensuring that the conditions and nutrition are of the highest quality. Many animals who end up in zoos have been saved from tragic circumstances.
Here are four amazing facts about zoos:
- During the Second World War, the London Zoo had to destroy all their poisonous animals in order to keep everyone safe if the park was bombed.
- Norway has the northernmost zoo in the world.
- The rapid development of zoos in Europe took place in the 19th century.
- In the USA, there are facilities that care for animals that have had difficult fates, such as those that were abandoned, injured, or stolen from poachers.
How to take part
On Visit The Zoo Day, visit your local zoo and enjoy meeting your favorite animals! Observe their habits and behavior. Speak to the employees and consider offering your assistance, either financially or as a volunteer. We are sure that you will find something interesting!
When is Visit the Zoo Day celebrated in 2023?
Visit the Zoo Day is observed on December 27 each year.