|Bald Eagle in its aviary at the Bronx Zoo|
Zoos have come a long way in the last 50 years. Huge advancements in animal welfare has ensured the improvement of enclosures immeasurably both in size and look, yet when I visit the bird section in some zoos it’s like nothing has changed at all. I don’t mean that these birds are being mistreated or even housed incorrectly. I mean it’s just boring – after seeing the tenth aviary that looks the same as the last nine. All ten with their strategically placed dead branches acting as perches, where two or three equally uninterested birds sit motionless staring right back at me. Frankly I’m ready to move on. Why? Because today I expect more from zoos!
|Bird spotter cards at Central Park Zoo's impressive rainforest enclosure|
|A Scarlet Ibis at the Central Park Zoo|
|A couple of beautiful Long-Tailed Glossy Starlings in the Central Park Zoos rainforest enclosure|
Of course not every bird is suited to these enclosures, especially birds of prey like eagles and owls, but every bird deserves to be housed in a large natural enclosure that represents their own habitat. Birds are not boring so zoos should stop putting them in boring enclosures, both the birds and the people who come to see them deserve better.
|Another impressive enclosure at Central Park Zoo|
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