I’ve posted in the past about zoos, and why I think they have an important role to play in conservation. Basically, they allow us to experience creatures that we might never be able to see if we had to travel, while showing us how we can volunteer or encourage conservation. Regarding the future of zoos, I stated that “I’d rather see animals like invertebrates, Amazonian exhibits where we work to see the sloth in a tree, or birds flying freely in large enclosures.”
A recent article in Conservation Magazine that you might want to read discusses the future of zoos and makes some very interesting suggestions. The author, Jon Cohen, predicts that future zoos will contain fewer species, but do a better job of teaching us about evolution and ecological linkages. Fingers crossed that he’s correct!