The Psychological Record

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 3–13 | Cite as

For Zoos

  • David Chiszar
  • James B. Murphy
  • Warren Iliff


Zoos and aquariums are considered from the standpoint of their traditional goals and from the animal welfare perspective. An earlier paper (Jamieson, 1985) argued that these institutions do not justify their existence and that they essentially deprive animals of freedom without making significant countervailing contributions either to animals or to humans. the present review introduces sources of information not mentioned by Jamieson, and we conclude that zoos and aquariums have taken leadership roles in conservation and in educating the public about habitat destruction and its disastrous consequences for global ecology. Many other activities of zoos and aquariums are discussed, including their recreational functions, research efforts, and their contributions to educational systems. Although we identify areas where improvements can occur, we reckon the accomplishments of zoos and aquariums to be substantial and to be growing at an exponential rate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Chiszar
    • 1
  • James B. Murphy
    • 2
  • Warren Iliff
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.USA

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