Introduce to Wildlife
Zoos are among the most serene places where humans are able to discover, witness and interact with the Earth’s colorful wildlife. Thanks to them, people can learn a lot of things about the other precious lives that exist together with human beings.
While visiting zoos is commonly considered for leisure, it is also an educational activity for everyone regardless of age and generation. It helps people to heighten their awareness, understanding and appreciation for nature. These wildlife refuges are built to protect and preserve animals and plants, and with the efforts of the groups behind them, guests must also be mindful whenever they are inside the zoo premises. That is to help maintain the zoos and care for the wildlife they house.
To be able to extend your helping hand to zoos, to their caretakers and to the various organisms they sustain, there are few good things you can do! And one of them is staying safe on your zoo visits! Why? Because besides rare accidents, the only way you can be put in danger in a zoo is when you are careless and negligent to rules. For sure, managements of all zoos across the globe ensure their utmost security for their animals and for their guests, so when unwanted mishaps occur, most often, they are caused by the visitors themselves.
You must remain safe and well to enjoy a worthwhile trip to zoos and to spend a healthy and pleasant time with wildlife. Here are 7 reminders you must take note of!
1 – ONLY FEED ANIMALS WHEN ALLOWED AND WITH A ZOO CARETAKER’S GUIDANCE
When the animals are too adorable to ignore, sometimes, there are guests who get tempted to feed them, and yes, they bite into the temptation. However, don’t be like these irresponsible zoo visitors.
It is dangerous for you to hand out food to the animals because you never know what’s in their mind. They might become aggressive, attack, pull or bite you, thinking that you are going to harm them. Some animals like monkeys might become very playful, too, if you lure them with food, and their movements might hurt you though they are not really attacking.This is a adventurous part of Wildlife.
Only feed animals when you are permitted to, like when you avail interactive experience packages that the zoo offers or when there is an area free of charge where visitors can feed animals with their provided treats. Do that with a zoo keeper’s guidance and supervision because they are the ones knowledgeable about the animals’ diet and reactions to food. They know the proper way to give them food as well. They understand how these creatures move, so they can handle them better while the animals are eating peacefully.
2 – DO NOT ATTEMPT ENTERING RESTRICTED ZONES
No matter how curious you may get, do not attempt entering zones restricted for visitors and only allowed for zoo personnel. When you see signages that already warn guests to stay away from certain areas, you must know that they are keeping you unharmed.
Spaces closed for visitors may contain wild animals which are still being bred or trained like snakes, lions, bears and alligators. Don’t recklessly cross over fences and barriers of management-exclusive zoo regions if you don’t want to meet these animals face to face and if you don’t want to get tremendously injured or get killed. Because these animals only know and recognize their caretakers and trainers, they will most probably be alerted when strangers come near them or inside their domains.
Moreover, other restricted zoo sections might be where electrical power connections are stored, and only experts are allowed to enter. Some could lead to deep, steep and/or dangerous stretches such as private forests, dark creeks, deep rivers and risky cliffs, so attempting to break the rules will definitely lead you to your own destruction.
3 – NEVER IRRITATE ANIMALS WITH DISTURBING NOISE AND MOVEMENTS
Zoo animals, as they have been trained, raised and nourished, are not going to act wildly and attack if they are not provoked and enraged. Never irritate them with disturbing noises and movements that might be interpreted by them as something they must respond violently to.
4 – OBEY PROPER ZOO DRESS CODES
Zoo dress codes must be followed and observed. They are established to keep you safe from getting wounded during interactive activities and to keep you warm within icy zones such as those with arctic animals like penguins, arctic foxes and polar bears.
Before going to your booked zoos, make sure to inquire or read about their dress code regulations. Search local travel guides that cover zoo trip tips in their lists. It is important that you are clothed appropriately to avoid huge inconvenience from the zoo’s entrance gates to every portion of your ecological trip!
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5 – DO NOT PLACE YOUR CAMERAS OVER ANIMAL BARRIERS
Taking photos in zoos is a must for travelers to capture the rare sight of spectacular wildlife found in them. You surely can’t go home without snapshots that record your awesome zoo experience!
Always remember not to place your cameras and selfie sticks over animal barriers because these items might fall into the animal nooks and nests. It will be worse if you accidentally drop them into bodies of water or pools. It will be the worst if they fall into wild animals’ territories like lions’, alligators’ and tigers’ dens.
If misfortunes like these happen, you might not be able to take your important stuff back or if you do, they might be broken already. Also, animals might pick them up or take them. You wouldn’t want any of these to take place, so better be extra careful when taking your lovely zoo photographs and video recordings.
6 – AVOID LEANING ON ANIMAL STORAGE MADE OF GLASS
There are zones enclosed with tough fences and cemented dividers where animals like horses, zebras, giraffes, goats, cows, deers and ostriches live. Coming near them and even putting your upper body above the handles or barriers is usually allowed and safe, especially when these animals are not very close.
Meanwhile, there are zoo sections where animals are stored in glass containers. A herpetarium is the space for amphibians and reptiles like snakes, crocodiles, salamanders and lizards. Walking close to their pens is already going to give you goosebumps, especially if you are afraid of them.
Leaning and bumping on their storages made of glasses is not allowed. It is very dangerous specifically when you do that with movements that annoy the animals and when you accidentally exert a lot of force onto the glasses. You don’t want these durable glass containers to get cracked, do you?
7 – DO NOT SMOKE AND DO NOT LET ANYONE
Do not smoke. Call out anyone who smokes inside a zoo. Cigarette smoking is in the first place detrimental to human health. Slowly, it kills a person’s whole being and destroys his/her life with permission.
In zoos, smoking is not allowed because, of course, these places are meant for environmental appreciation and biological preservation; unhealthy smoke will never be welcomed in them. Some animals might get irritated and might be led to get wild because of the smell of smoke. Also, there could be machines and zones in zoos that might blow up when exposed to cigarette smoke.
What’s more, the foul-smelling and toxin-ridden smoke from tobacco can stay on feathers and fur. This is bad because when animals like birds clean and primp themselves, they unknowingly eat the hazardous cigarette remnants. Sadly, chemicals emitted with cigarette smoke can contaminate water where marine creatures such as fish and turtles live and water that all kinds of animals drink. They also lead to infections and respiratory problems for zoo animals.
If you smoke in zoos, you are killing not only yourself but also the grace of these life-filled refuges.
What a heartwarming glee it is that you get when you visit a place where living creatures apart from human beings like you exist. It feels refreshing and enlivening to uncover more of what wildlife has to offer. It’s not everyday that you get to see flamingos and pandas, right? Visiting zoos is truly a wonderful chance to step out of your comfortable home and to learn more about the natural world out there!
Just keep in mind to always be careful and responsible whenever you come over these animal and plant sanctuaries so you can avoid causing troubles to yourself, to these creatures and to other people. You can definitely bring home beautiful and fun memories from your zoo trips when you know how to be wise and watchful while enjoying!
Safety always comes first even on your exciting and enthusiasm-filled zoo trips!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. She finds quality and well-researched writing as a worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. For her, it’s restoring and fulfilling to the heart and a great way to clear the mind while loading it up with fresh learning. Film critiquing and filmmaking are among her interests too. Giving all the glory to God, Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.