On Saturday, Harambe the Gorilla was shot dead at Cincinnati Zoo, Ohio, after a child fell into his enclosure, as the director believed the young boy was in a “life-threatening situation”. See the full storyhere. Similar situations to this seem to be occurring more and more frequently, which poses the question…how safe actually are zoos?

Just last week at a zoo in Chile, two lions were shot dead after a man stripped naked and jumped into their enclosure, in an apparent suicide attempt. He was then mauled to death by the lions, but the critical point here being that they are just that…lions! What else would we expect from one of the most dangerous predators on earth? After having been taken away from their natural habitat, or having lived all their lives in captivity, they are following their natural instincts, should this be a reason…

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