Woodland Park Zoo: ‘Outdated institution’

Re: “Reject zoo deal that eliminates public oversight” [Sept. 17, Opinion]:

We delight ourselves in being a modern town. One approach to show growth is to section out the Forest Park Zoo quite than getting into into some other 20 12 months binding contract with the zoological society that operates it.

The folk in whose passion it’s to perpetuate this out of date establishment are arguing that they’re important to flora and fauna conservation. The right kind approach to lend a hand flora and fauna is to toughen organizations and communities within the nations the place the animals belong, to not drag them world wide and lock them up in the course of a metropolitan town the place they’re being “conserved” by way of synthetic insemination and doomed to are living in confinement era after era.

The prime admission costs, with allowance for particular methods and days for low-income households, are an affront to social growth, yet another method of putting forward the divide between the haves and the have nots.

On this time and age, with Zoom and different loose visible get entry to to the whole lot that has to do with wild animals, the zoo is an out of date establishment that belongs within the historical past books.

Ruth Kildall, Manila

Woodland Park Zoo: Well-loved animals are true ambassadors

Re: “As Manila eyes new operations pact with Wooded area Park Zoo, animal rights activists carry issues” [Sept. 10, Local News]:

I, too, used to query conserving animals in zoos till I changed into a volunteer at Wooded area Park. I used to be in a position to look firsthand the affection and care given to every animal, from the smallest malicious program to the most important endure. They’re equipped enrichment actions and the best veterinary care. Specifically designed sneakers enabled our younger giraffe to stroll, and my buddy’s well known physician used to be known as in to present a 2nd opinion on one in all our orangutan’s care. Every penguin is understood by way of identify and what number of fish they devour in any sooner or later.

As you pay attention the amazement of old and young, seeing the brilliance of a fowl’s feathers or the dimensions of the hippos, you know that those animals are true ambassadors. A portion of every price tag is going to native and international conservation. Possibly naysayers must spend a shift with volunteers to observe and pay attention to the enjoyment and wonder of youngsters as they pay attention the siamangs sing swinging from prime in a cover or watch gorillas gobble natural rose petals like they had been popcorn.

Throughout this time of local weather trade and extinction, we want authorized zoos to coach and advertise the sacredness of our animals and their ecosystems.

Kathy Parker, Burien

Point Defiance Zoo: Stop capturing wild animals

Re: “Meet Tacoma’s new massive Pacific octopus — and assist identify her” [Aug. 18, Local]: I’ve had a cushy spot for the Level Defiance Zoo since 2002 when it equipped a house for 2 malnourished and depressing polar bears who have been rescued from a Mexican circus. Kenneth and Boris had suffered horribly however then thrived on the zoo for 10 and 18 years, respectively. What a life-changing alternative the zoo equipped for the ones two bears.

So I used to be sickened to learn that Level Defiance Zoo snatched its new octopus from Puget Sound waters and I think that anybody who seen the immensely well-liked documentary, “My Octopus Instructor,” will probably be similarly disgusted. Within the ocean, octopuses lead amazingly wealthy and complicated lives that may by no means be remotely duplicated through an aquarium tank. They’re very smart animals who’re undoubtedly mindful that, in captivity, they’re denied the whole lot this is herbal to them.

For a zoo to rip an animal out of the wild for show to the general public is intrusive, smug and vicious. The octopus doesn’t desire a new identify, she must be returned to her rightful house once conceivable.

Lisa Wathne, Lake Wooded area Park