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I've always enjoyed watching the animals in the zoo. Here's a selection of photographs of some interesting, wild and not-so-wild animals taken at various zoological parks.
In these days of the politically correct, humane treatment of animals and their rights, zoos are slowly evolving into better naturalistic displays balancing public safety against animal restraint. Some of the old World War II-era WPA enclosures are still in use, but most of the newer displays seem to be designed to suit the needs of the animals better.
Some say zoo animals have a greater life expectancy, but only the scientist know whether their quality of life also improves under this type of care.
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One of the earliest known "menagerie" was excavated at Hierakonpolis, Egypt. It is believed to be over 5,500 years old and included hippos, elephants, tigers and baboons.
All of the early menageries symbolized royal wealth and power. The modern public zoos of the 19th century changed this by providing educational exhibits for inspiration and entertainment.
In 1826, the Zoological Society of London was founded and established the London Zoo in 1828. Originally intended for scientific study, it opened its doors to the public in 1847.
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