What we did
On may 8th my grade, 6th grade took a trip to Ueno zoo and The Tokyo National Museum. We went to Ueno zoo for science and we went to The Tokyo National Museum for humanities class. Ueno Zoo is a zoo that is located in Japan, Tokyo. There are a lot of different animals at Ueno zoo that need to be treated with respect and should be in a comfortable environment that meets the animals needs, but not all the enclosures are big enough for the animal. While we were at the zoo I researched about the Asian Elephant and they were in a small enclosure that was nothing a like to there normal enclosure.
You can see that in the right picture there is a small amount of water that isn’t enough for an elephant to fit in. Something that i think is ok is that the zoo has tried to add rocks around the side so the enclosure looks real for the elephant, but the rocks are plastic so it isn’t very realistic. It is a good idea for the zoo to have dirt, sand and gravel floors because when an elephant is hot they throw dirt over there self, with there trunks, to cool them down. Some other animals that didn’t need such a big space had a reasonable amount of space. There was a lot of information for each animal about what the zoo feeds them and where they sleep, how much they weigh, there names and where they came from.
I think that it is a good idea to have zoo’s because they protect endangered animals and also heal and help injured animals. Some zoo’s have re-created the animals habitat really well and are living in a safe and an environment that meets there needs. These are two example.
You can see the difference between these two enclosure sizes. The one on the left is smaller then the one on the right. This shows that some zoo’s are able to meet the needs of some animals and others are not. If i were an animal living at ueno zoo i don’t think that I would be so happy.