Nature Tracks - Ark of the City
Zoochosis is a very real psychological affliction affecting thousands of animals behind bars. The symptoms? Pacing. The monotonous, pendulum-like stride of so many animals, which we have all seen yet not observed or questioned, as they seem to ritually, hypnotically move from corner to corner of a cage not much more than a few paces wide. Man’s fascination over the centuries for all things wild and woolly has led to the creation of zoos. However moral or immoral, the justification for their existence remains unresolved – are they there to titillate and entertain or are zoos organizations fulfilling valuable research, conservation and educational functions?