In the wild, Elephants walk up to 30 miles each day, Bears are active for up to 18 hours a day exploring their home ranges for up to hundreds of miles, And tigers and lions love running and climbing and will roam many miles to hunt. But when these animals (or any wild animal) are imprisoned in cages or small enclosures at zoos, They don’t get to do the things that are natural and important to them. Living without these important things often causes “zoochosis, ” a condition in which animals act strangely and even hurt themselves out of boredom and frustration. The signs of zoochosis are easy to spot. Bears and big cats, Like lions and tigers, Will pace back and forth. Monkeys and birds injure themselves. Giraffes twist their necks and bend their heads back and forth, And elephants bob their heads and sway side to side. This isn’t natural behavior that would be seen in the wild. Because people love seeing baby animals at zoos, Lots of zoos breed animals to make more babies, And, As a result, Make lots of money. When babies grow up, Though, They aren’t as popular. Zoos often trade, Loan, Or sell adult animals who aren’t making them as much money as when they were younger. These sad, Unwanted animals may end up in roadside zoos or traveling circuses. Others are simply bought to be killed. For example, When baby animals who were displayed in the Minnesota Zoo’s farm exhibit grew up and didn’t attract as many visitors, The zoo took them to livestock auctions, Where many ended up being sent to slaughter. Possibly the biggest lie that zoos tell people is that by visiting them, People will learn about wild animals. But the only thing that zoos teach people is that it’s OK to keep animals in captivity—bored, Cramped, Lonely, And very far from home. Most visitors spend only a few minutes at each display and learn very little about the animals they’re seeing. Signs outside displays barely cover more than an animal’s species, Diet, And natural range. Animals’ “normal” behavior isn’t discussed often in zoos because they don’t get to live “normal” lives there. For example, Birds’ wings may be clipped so that they can’t fly, Aquatic animals often go without adequate water, And many animals who naturally live in large herds or family groups are kept alone or, At most, In pairs. So, ZOOS ARE BAD AND SHOULD NOT EXIST!