Zoos in Rhine-Main: The claims of the Zebras

the 1.6 million visitors a year, making the Zoo Frankfurt, the Opel-Zoo in Kronberg, and the Vivarium Darmstadt to some of the most popular leisure facilities i

Zoos in Rhine-Main: The claims of the Zebras

the 1.6 million visitors a year, making the Zoo Frankfurt, the Opel-Zoo in Kronberg, and the Vivarium Darmstadt to some of the most popular leisure facilities in Hesse, Not alone, Zoos appear to be working well. In a representative survey commissioned by the Federation of Zoological gardens 82 percent of the participants have answered that they are in favour of Zoos in Germany. Twelve percent disagreed with Zoos, because animals caught are kept. Six percent did not specify. The opinion research Institute Forsa interviewed in November 1500 people in Germany.

Bernhard Biener

correspondent of the Rhein-Main-Zeitung for the high Taunus district.

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The Director of the Opel zoo, Thomas purchase, rock, the, in July, presented the result of the efforts to create more understanding confirmed. Because at the beginning of the new Millennium, the zoo overslept a clear positioning. "We thought we are the Good guys anyway." In the debate about animal husbandry, amplified by social media, have you found the beginning a little hearing. In the meantime, you have changed the Association's structures, and there is an office in the Federal press house in Berlin. "The survey shows that we can actually argue from a Position of strength." For 80 percent of the respondents has increased by a zoo visit, your appreciation for animals, and 69Prozent reported much or very much about the animals.

Frank Velte, Zoopädagoge of the Vivarium Darmstadt, Germany, is happy about these Figures. "Education is always important, because we are estranged from nature." Those who have once stood in front of a trumpet the elephant, will not forget. "In a zoo, people animals can not only see and hear but also smell." The leave no animal-film and 3D Animation replace. After all, 84 percent had voted in favor of regular, should be Worth part of the school curriculum.

From the point of view of Miguel Casares, Director of the Frankfurt zoo, has shifted the weighting of the four classic pillars of Zoos – recreation, education, research and conservation – in the meantime significantly. "The protection of species is as necessary as never before." The respondents also saw this: 98 percent, referred to the preservation of biological diversity by keeping and breeding endangered species as the most important task of Zoos. In the second place, commitment to nature and species conservation outside of the zoo followed.

preservation of the wild animals in their own Ecosystem

For Casares, the preservation of wild animals in your Ecosystem front. "According to estimates, every day are disappearing 100 to 150 species of the earth." Almost all Zoos, promoted, therefore protection projects. To do this, you could make use of in addition to their own breeding work and their high range. "The German Zoos have 40 million visitors a year. In this way, we can carry these messages, and the society for the species to mobilize protection.“ The only go together, says Opel-zoo Director of purchasing rock. Therefore, the three Zoos of Frankfurt, Kronberg, Darmstadt, belonging to the Association to be effective, there also together. "We are not competitors, because no one can save the world alone."

If approval of all of the respondents were not of the zoo, however, for an ideal place. While 65 percent found it, in principle, in order that wild animals be kept in Zoos. 49 per cent did not believe, however, that you feel comfortable in. Only 37 percent were of this view, 14 percent responded with "white". Previously, Zoos had been a kind of stamp collection of individuals, says Casares. "Today, we are to form Ecosystems."

Updated Date: 13 August 2020, 22:19

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