~What we did~
In the field trip my grade went on April 23rd we visited the Ueno zoo and the Tokyo national museum. For the Ueno zoo we needed to choose and look at an animal and write/study about the habitat in the zoo compared to the natural habitat for two taks this blog post is one of the tasks we need to complete. I decided to do the Okapi for my animal to study.
~How did the Okapi’s environment look like?~
The Okapi’s man-made environment in the zoo didn’t look that natural if you imagine the rain forest in Congo because the plants weren’t the types of trees and bushes that grow in the natural environment. For the size of the cage I couldn’t see the exact view because I was only able to see the the front side of the cage outside but the cage looked pretty big for a person to move around but not big enough for the Okapi to move around freely. The number of the Okapi was only one.Besides the cage in the outside the Okapi had another cage(it looked more like a room) inside. The room inside didn’t have any plants besides for the food and did not look natural at all. It was way smaller and simple because most of the time Okapi is in the other cage (its used mostly for cleaning the other cage out side and sleeping).
~Did the Okapi look happy in the zoo?~
For me the Okapi looked pretty satisfied with it’s environment around in the zoo because it was eating food looking relaxed. I think the only thing that didn’t really seem to make the Okapi really happy was the people looking and taking photos because sometimes when people took photos with the flash on it would move to the end of the cage even though it was day time and the sun could have blocked the flash. But besides that the Okapi looked okay in the cage at the zoo.
~Why do we have zoos?~
I think you can’t answer this question in one or a correct answer but I think one of the reason to have a zoo is for people to have an experience to see animals they can’t see in the country they live in (e.g. you can’t see a panda in the wild in japan but in the zoo you can get to see one) and children can have better education by seeing things new . The other reason I think why there is a zoo is because scientists can research more than following the animal in the wild for observing.
~If I was an animal in a zoo would I be happy?~
If I was an animal from the wild taken to the zoo I would be definitely un happy because there is limited area to move around, food to eat, less numbers of the same species to group with, limited things to do and even more. What makes it even worse is not understanding why things have suddenly changed into everything being limited compared to the wild environment. But if I was born in the zoo and lived there I think I guess wouldn’t really mind that much because it’s the environment in the zoo is where I stayed and grown and also I don’t know how the natural environment would look like.
~How should the zoo improve the environment for animals?~
I think the zoo could improve the man made environment of the animals by planting plants that really come from the home country of the animal so the animal can at least have a man made environment closer to the natural environment. But the bad thing about this is that the temperature of the natural environment is different for almost all the animals in the zoo so it’s a hard thing to use for the improvement but I think if they could it would be a good thing to do.
~Should we have zoos?~
This is my opinion but I think we should have zoos even though it might be stress for some of the animals. The main reason why I think we need zoos and why we need to visit them is for education. This is a guess but with out looking at other things from different places children under education might have poor ways to think about the world that they have never seen and I believe that may cause problems when they go visit or live in other countries.
The other reason doesn’t really connect with why we should visit but I think that we need zoos is so countries can keep the friendship between other countries. For instance China sends pandas which are one of the main animals that symbolise to other countries to show good relation ship. I think this has an big and important affect to connection for countries so this can be a good reason too.
~comments about the field trip to Ueno zoo~
I’ve went to zoos many times since I love animals but I haven’t went to zoos with my friends or other people that much so by they’re thoughts to the animals expanded my thoughts wich was really enjoyable and helpful for me. I hope I can go to the zoo again next time with other people for new discoveries.