A fuzzy lion cub rolls around in the high grass. Its mother rests in the shade nearby. The area might be mistaken for the plains of Africa. Well, except for the kids waving at the animals through a glass wall. You guessed it—these lions are in a zoo.
For decades, zoos kept animals in small cages. But in recent years, many zoos have built bigger, more open enclosures. They are more like the animals’ natural habitats.
Despite the improvements, critics say there’s nothing natural about locking up animals. They argue that the animals belong in the wild.
Here are some more views about zoos.