What do you understand about captivity of wildlife?
Unlike many years ago whereby by default wildlife was found in the wild. They have been introduced to captivity arrangements.
What does captivity arrangement include?
Captivity arrangement is whereby wildlife occupies a controlled environment. An environment that have been subjected to several alteration by humans.
Such places include:
- Private homes
- Orphanage centres
- Safari Park
Not all of these places offer a conducive environment to these wildlife. Some are more of subjecting them to slavery. And hence should be stopped.
So what are the reasons behind wildlife captivity?
Due to geographical fragmentation, wildlife has been separated from their relatives over time. Hence leading to poor breeds or extinction of some breeds.
By captivity such wildlife, we are able to breed them safely and most of the time. returned into the wild to boast their population.
Wildlife especially the big cat have been known to be adapted as pets for prestigious status. They are seen as symbol to power and fame.
Unfortunately , most wildlife kept as pets are not well taken care of. But rather abused.
To prevent extinction
Wildlife can be subjected to captivity to save its species kind.
Within a confined environment, the animals can be able to improve on their population and studied closely. And as a result saving them from getting extinct.
For tourism purpose
Not everyone will gladly hope into a car and enjoy a safari. Some just want to have wildlife in one place. No hustle to spot them in the wild. Or undergo the long bumpy drives.
Such tourists will prefer enjoy wildlife through captive environment.
Habitat loss and fragmentation
Did you know that in some countries, wildlife can only be found in captivity?
Since their habitat was grabbed by humans long time ago. So they are homeless. Captivity is the only place they can inhabit.
For rescue purpose
In the wild, survival is for the fittest 100%. They are no room for weak animals. The killed wildlife may leave behind its offspring. And if they are not strong enough, they may also end up dead. In such incidence , several organisations have built a place such wildlife can call home.
They take them in and nurture them till they are mature enough to be re-introduced into the wild.
It also covers animals that suffer aftermath of poaching by humans.
This is one of the worst reasons for wildlife captivity. Few inhuman humans decide to confine wildlife in circus for their entertainment. They also go ahead and request other confused humans to pay for the same.
The wildlife are made to do several humiliating acts and used wrongly.
For research and testing
Unfortunately, our laboratories use wildlife as test subjects in their research. If done okay, then it’s allowed. In this case, wildlife take it for the team (humans).
This should be one of the reasons to encourage us to continue fighting for wildlife.
Captivity if used with good reasons, it’s a great help to the wildlife. And can save a whole species. But if misused, then it can wipe the same species away within a brink of the eye.