Kapi-Mana News : February 14th 2012
16 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 14, 2012 OPINION GRAB A BARGAIN WITH FIRST PRESS! Check out this month's amazing offer! Buy 6 bottles of Sisters Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2010 for only $47.95* To order or for more information phone *Delivery charges apply. You must be 18 years or over to purchase from First Press. firstpress.co.nz 0800 DOM WINE or visit Use your outdoor living areas all year round FreePhone 0800 00 13 02 | www.archgola.co.nz WELLINGTON CITY PORIRUA • Warm & dry in winter • UV protection for summer • Stylish & permanent • 5 year warranty Chris Palmer arch_WELPfeb12 370 63 36 AJ Weve got the GOODS. . . Treadmills Exercycles Ellipticals Rowing machines + Heaps More All Fitness Gear from 14 Prosser Street, Elsdon, PORIRUA Ph: 04 237 8917 Where Service Is Important Top quality collision repairs and spray painting Guaranteed repairs Repairers for ALL insurance companies Call in for a free quote while you wait Loan cars available Contractors van available for loan Porirua's longest established collision repair shop (since 1963) 4154876AA PORIRUA MOTOR BODY REPAIRS LTD Service and Parts Department WoF Inspections Servicing & Repairs on all Makes & Models. Competitive Tyre price Valet Service available Courtesy Car Available (Booking required) s s s s s s s s s s s e OPEN Mon- Fri 7.30am-5pm The Megacentre, 2 Tutu Place, Porirua Phone: (04) 238 4670 I www.ebbett.co.nz Service Ph: Ian 238 4660 I Parts Ph: James 238 4662 4374937AA Ebbett Porirua Zoo not an ideal environment PET TAILS with Dr Ian Schraa Unbearable: Like many animals, polar bears need more room to move than a zoo can accommodate. I recently went to Seaworld and after seeing the polar bear exhibit I came away questioning if animals in zoos was good or bad. It was fascinating to see the polar bear but also sad as he paced around his 50 square metre artificial Arctic enclosure. Polar bears in the wild range several hundred kilometres. Zoos and the people involved with them give the public the wonderful opportunity to see many animals they would be unlikely to see otherwise. Many zoos do assist with conservation efforts and help in developing an understanding of these animals. However, I think that most of the higher order, intelligent wild animals, like polar bears, can also struggle with classic zoo environments. I have always loved animals and have spent much of my time when travelling around the world on adventures observing many wild animals in their natural habitats. From mountain gorillas in Congo, chimpanzees in Tanzania, elephants in Botswana, grizzly bears in North America, sea turtles in Borneo to swimming with dolphins off the Kaikoura coast. It is a true, pure pleasure to see them in their natural states. I do appreciate I have been very lucky to experience that which many people will not. Notwithstanding this, seeing animals in their natural environments can also cre- ate problems if not done carefully. If humans inter- fere in the wrong way or in too many numbers, it can often lead to serious conse- quences. A classic example is when the wolves were removed from Yellowstone National Park, the biggest in the United States. The result was an overpopulation of other animals that adversely affected the plant species that grew. While many lower order and smaller animals may happily exist in zoo and aquarium environ- ments, my main concern is with the larger, higher order animals, such as the big cats, elephants, the great apes, wolves, polar bears and many others. Zoos that are more like safari parks are much better. But for animals like the polar bear this is not really prac- ticable. Improving 3D graphics, hologram, and virtual reality may make the classic zoo one day obsolete. Of course, this is not the real thing, but I think we have to think for whose benefit it is that we need to see animals confined to wholly un-natural places. Cer- tainly for many animals I think it is best to leave them in the wild. Ian Schraa is a senior veterinarian at Rappaw Veterin- ary Care.
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