Do zoos spoil people for the real thing?

Columbus Zoo-flamingos

Today we went to the Columbus Zoo. It may not be the biggest or the best zoo in the country but it’s done very well.

Columbus Zoo-IsandbirdMy granddaughters got to feel a snake, look at a variety of fish close and personal.

They saw crocodiles, alligators and even a kiwi in the nocturnal section. And they got to feed lorikeets, an Australian parrot.

Where could they do this in the wild? Even if they went all around the world and found these animals, there’s no way they could get that close. Will they say “So what. It’s better at the zoo.”

The conventional answer is that they will appreciate nature more if they are familiar with animals from a zoo or even a nature program but I wonder.

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