The Ultimate Are Zoos Good for Animals Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

There is a long-standing debate about whether zoos are good or bad for animals. Take this quiz to learn both sides of the issue.

When was the first documented record made of animals in captivity?

Ancient Egyptian records from 1250 B.C. describe birds, lions, and giraffes in captivity.


When was the first known commercial exhibit of animals?

In the early 13th-century, King Henry III of England charged a small fee for the public to view his family menagerie in the Tower of London.


What is considered the first modern zoo?

The Imperial Menagerie in Vienna, Austria, was established in 1752.


Which is the world's largest zoo?

Zoo Berlin in Germany has more than 15,000 animals.


Is there any regulation regarding zoos?

All zoos and animal exhibiters in the U.S. require a license from the Department of Agriculture.


Millions of people all over the world flock to thousands of zoos -- but are zoos good or bad?

It is a difficult question to answer and depends on your point of view -- and also on the particular animal.


In what significant way have zoos improved?

In basic terms there is usually a more natural habitat, with moats separating animals and people instead of steel bars and cement cages.


How have zoos contributed to strengthening the numbers of endangered species?

Captive breeding programs help restore the numbers of endangered species.


What did the Los Angeles and San Diego zoos do for the California condor?

They rebuilt a population of fewer than two dozen birds to around 170 birds in a 10-year period.


What did Chinese and European zoos achieve?

The Pere David's deer was extinct, but the Chinese and European zoos' breeding programs enabled four of the deer to be released into the wild, where they are now self-sustaining.


What other role do some zoos play regarding animals from outside?

Some zoos provide a refuge for abandoned animals or those rescued from danger.


How has occupational therapy affected zookeeping if at all?

Zookeepers now understand that animals such as monkeys, bears and elephants need engaging activities to prevent boredom and mental deterioration.


Do zoos benefit animals in the wild?

The Bronx Zoo has channeled more than $3 million toward conservation projects in central Africa.


Apart from entertainment, what else does a zoo do?

A zoo teaches people about the needs of animals and promotes the importance of conservation.


Is a zoo a good place for an elephant?

In the wild elephants can wander as much as 30 miles (48 kilometers) a day in large groups. In a zoo, there are only a few elephants with just a few acres to roam.


What happened to the zebras at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.?

They starved to death because of insufficient or incorrect food.


What is the main drawback of a zoo?

Although the habitats may resemble those in the wild, roaming space even in a large zoo is far more limited than what the animal is accustomed to in the wild.


Do animals in a zoo ever display dissatisfaction with their lodgings?

Many animals display signs of serious distress: bears pacing back and forth, wild cats obsessively grooming themselves and elephants bobbing their heads.


How effective are the zoos' conservation programs?

Not at all: Of the 145 reintroduction programs carried out by zoos in the last century, only 16 really succeeded in restoring populations to the wild.


Do zoos benefit people?

According to some studies, many zoo visitors are busy talking to each other about unrelated subjects and pay little attention to the animals.


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