The truth behind zoos?

Dear Friends 

Why would you want to bring exotic animals into a wildlife park well-known for keeping indigenous species?  Why would you bring in tigers, Japanese snow monkeys, camels, red panda, bears …… 

Well, according to Mr Gary Wilson, Head of Property and Estates of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, quoted in the Strathspey & Badenoch Herald on 5th September, “Scottish conservation is still very important to us, but to improve the visitor numbers to make the Park sustainable, we felt we had to sex it up a bit”.   

So there you have it.  They felt they “…had to sex it up a bit”.   


This, apparently, is all part of a £7 million master-plan for the Highland Wildlife
Park, the rural arm of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.  They have not yet decided, however, whether to make a commitment to bring Mercedes, the solitary female polar bear from Edinburgh Zoo’s inadequate facilities, to a new enclosure at the Highland Wildlife Park which would cost an estimated £1-1.5 million. 

So, Mercedes must wait to learn her fate and the Highland Wildlife Park look set to spend the sort of money that would really deliver conservation benefits in the wild on its sexy new image. 

You have to laugh or else you’d cry. 

Blogging off 


One Response to “The truth behind zoos?”

  1. Jonathan Says:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that zoos exist to make money for man and for no other reason. Yes I know that they donate some funds to tackle wildlife issues on the ground, but at the end of the day they are in direct competition for scarce resources with other organisations that do far more beneficial work for wildlife.

    Let’s use the £7,000,000 to stop the destruction of the rain forests and the polluting of our oceans and seas, which will benefit everybody and not just wildlife.

    When I see figures like this being utilised on one zoo, I can’t help but feel it not being used efficiently.