America's Tangled Relationship with Zoos and the "Wild" Animals Within

America's Tangled Relationship with Zoos and the "Wild" Animals Within

Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode undefined

  • Apr 8, 2019 8:00 pm
  • 19:32 mins

Guest: Daniel Bender, Professor of History, University of Toronto, Scarborough Viewing animals in steel cages is kind of an odd way to learn about wildlife, but zoos have always played a key role in how Americans have learned about exotic creatures and their habitats. Zoos have increasingly become a battleground, however--an anachronism in the eyes of animal rights activists. But they're undeniably also a means of preserving threatened species. What is the zoo's role in modern society? Entertainment, preservation, or education?

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