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Saturday, December 14, 2019

A New Perspective re Animals Who Are Living in Zoos (the sequel to my 12-10-2019 post)





The photographs atop this entry feature a Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus Ruber) hanging out with a Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra Avosetta. In my recent episode (12-10-2019) of my Tuesday's Truths series, I mentioned that I'd seen the bird type known as Scarlet Ibis when I visited the zoo in Central Park.

Within the aforementioned entry, I state,"I must confess, in this one hundred and fifty-fourth "episode" of Tuesday's Truths, that while I was awestruck by the Scarlet Ibis's beauty (as you might surmise from the many photos included within this entry), I do not like to see birds or any animals within the confines of a zoo."

I also mention that I subsequently "received some wisdom  (from a Jane Goodall interview) about my feelings re animals and zoos, which I will discuss in my Saturday's Sequel post (12-14-2019)...," so here I am with my follow-up and a copy (posted directly below) of the interview where Jane Goodall discusses this somewhat controversial issue.



I admit that upon my seeing the Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus Ruber) and Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra Avosetta) bird varieties (exactly two weeks ago when I was at the zoo), I did think anyone having an opportunity to see them there would find the expirence educational and it could potentially raise awareness re needs of wildlife, the Rain Forest, and our environment, yet I felt divided on how animals might feel when confined to a zoo.

My suspicion is that Ms. Goodall is correct for she knows far more about the needs of wildlife than almost anyone and with that thought here are a few pictures of other birds I saw at the zoo.

Each of them is doing a good job raising awareness of the needs re their given bird type! I'll start with the Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra Avosett ) who is pictured with the Scarlet Ibis in the photos atop this entry and featured separately within the next set of images.






A web-page related to Central Park explains the Pied Avocet bird variety is "found in the wild in Europe, Africa, and central and southern Asia."

They are wading birds "with a characteristic long, narrow, upturned bill, which it uses to sift water as it feeds in the shallows. It is about 45 cm/18 in long, has long legs, partly webbed feet, and black and white plumage...(and) eat fish as well as insects."

This "species is threatened in Europe by the pollution of wetlands with PCBs, insecticides, selenium, lead and mercury.  Important wintering sites (e.g. in Portugal or the Yellow Sea) are also threatened by infrastructure development,  land reclamation, pollution, human disturbance and reduced river flows."

A few fun facts about them include that they are " the emblem of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. In a large colony they are aggressively defensive and chase off any other species of birds that try to nest among or near them."

Another bird variety whose home is within the zoo is one known as the British Monarch Queen Victoria who can be seen in the next set of photos.



A web-page for The National Aviary states the following: "The Victoria Crowned Pigeon is without doubt a royal bird.  Its dusty blue-grey feathers may remind one of the pigeons found on any city street, but the Crowned Pigeon's elegant blue lace crest, scarlet eyes, and rakish black mask are unlike anything you'll find pecking around in the city park. Add in the fact that this largest of all pigeons is nearly the size of a turkey, and you know you're seeing something special."

Yet another bird variety who is living in CP's zoo is the Black Swan, who can be seen the series of pictures directly below where he/she appears to be enjoying being a man-made body of water within the zoo.






According to a web-page for The Beauty of Birds, "It has been noted that Black Swans only swim with one leg, tucking the other leg above its tail. The reason for this may be that the swan can more easily change direction when swimming on the surface of the water, if needed to escape an oncoming predator or to more quickly get to food."

Parrots are also found in the "tropical rain forest"of Central Park's zoo. They can be seen in the following pictures.



There are other birds types as well as an array of animals within this zoo and I will include them in subsequent blog posts. Please stay tuned.

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