June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month!
What National Zoo and Aquarium Month is All About
Did you know that it is estimated that a total of 175 million visitors in the United States alone, visit zoos and aquariums on an annual basis.
The summer just started and this is the perfect occasion to start celebrating by visiting the local Zoo or an aquarium near you. But there is one more reason to head out and visit the animals: it is a whole month dedicated to their preservation and conservation, dedicated to keeping the wildlife species protected.
Zoos and aquariums are facilities where we can see some of the most exotic and most dangerous wild animals up close, but still at a safe distance. Some people will argue that zoos and aquariums are jails for the animals and they exist only for the profit of people.
Conservation vs. Cruelty Under the Spotlight for National Zoo and Aquarium Month
But there is also the argument the most zoos and aquariums are fighting to preserve the endangered species and to keep the animals alive. Some of them deal with animals that were injured or are old and will never survive by themselves in the wild. In the wild, it’s survival of the fittest.
Besides conservation, education is one other thing zoos and aquarium provide for the people. Where else will children learn about the wildest animals and see them in person? Many zoos and aquariums offer guided tours for students and this is a great way to teach youth how to love and respect wildlife.
Many zoos and aquariums offer volunteer positions if you want to see how things are done there up close. This is a great way to contribute to the community and to be part of the conservation of the animals.
We conducted an interesting interview with Chloe Buiting and she had an interesting opinion about zoos in particular.
Cool Facts About Zoos in Celebration of Zoo and Aquarium Month
- In 2010 and 2014 respectively, the Maruyama zoo in Japan tried to mate two hyenas. At first, they were completely baffled as to why the mating setup was unsuccessful. Turns out that the two hyenas were both males! (LOLS).
- It is estimated that there are apparently 2800 zoos and aquariums around the world.
- The United States of America alone has 355 zoos.
- Currently, the oldest zoo in the world in existence is the Vienna Zoo in Schonbrunn Germany. It opened its doors in 1752.
- The Berlin Zoo in Germany is said to have the largest collection of species. It houses 1500 different types of animals at the moment.
- The oldest zoo in the USA is the Philadelphia Zoo. It has been operating since July 1st, 1874.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium has the largest collection of animals in its confines. It is home to 124 000 animals of different shapes and sizes.
- The largest zoo in the United States is the Red McCombs Wildlife establishment. It boasts 5000 hectares of land surface.
- Many zoos have a petting zoo section where you can get up and close with animals and even touch them.
- In some zoos, cheetah cubs are given puppies as companion animals to help them get rid of excess energy and to relieve any stress they are feeling.
- It is said that animals that live in zoos have a longer life expectancy, compared to living in the wild.
- Reindeer are the only animal species where both males and females grow antlers.
- Elephants are some of the only animals that can recognize themselves in a mirror.
Happy National Zoo and Aquarium Month!
If you would like to know about other observances that take place in the month of June, you can also read our article about National Dairy Month on our blog! Happy Reading, until next time!
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