April 6th, 2006


animalistic poll thingie

So I'm taking a class entitled "Primate Behavioral Ecology" this term and the professor specializes in Bonobos, which are the radder version of chimps...if something radder than a chimpanzee really did exist. Anyway, so Bonobos are only found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) and when civil war broke out, they were hunted as bush meat. Well, a lot of the adults were killed off and the infants were sold as pets, but a lot were saved and wound up in preservation camp unit-y thingies where surrogate human mothers hung out and raised the young. Pretty much like an interactive zoo. Watching this movie (that Professor White is the star of, care of the BBC), a burning question came to a head, something I've been thinking about a lot lately: are animals that are found in zoos being ecologically preserved or are they captured and imprisoned? So I decided to do a poll, as I haven't done one in a while around these parts:

Poll #705484 Zoo priorities

Are animals found in a zoo being preserved or are they imprisoned?

being preserved
being imprisoned
other - please explain

and now for a story. Children, gather 'round close. Collapse )