Vote of the week: Animals in theme parks - Yes or No?
This week we've seen plans for an amibitious new animal exhibit at Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa, Fla.... as well as a deadly fire which claimed the life of a giraffe at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, outside San Francisco, Calif.
So, let's talk about live animals in theme parks.
Discuss your position in the comments. Previous votes of the week
I put "who cares" just for the reason that I would still go to theme parks eve if they do not have animals. However, BGA and AK are a few of my favorites!
I enjoying parks if they have animals or dont equally! =] Go Yankees! =]
I don't care either. Animals won't make me more interested in a park and they won't make me less interested. However, I do think that parks that have the intention of being a 'zoo', and built up thrills and other rides around that zoo concept are fine (eg.BGA. Mainly a zoo but has a fine collection of coasters and other attractions). I don't think parks that are intended to be only amusement/theme parks should have animals (eg. SFGAdv. I understand the tigers are part of the 'theme' in the golden kingdom, but they don't belong there.)
I put who cares simply because having animals isn't going to make me more or less likely to go to a park. I am interested in just the rides, and usually more specifically the coasters. I am going to BGT in a month and I probably will go through some of the animal exhibits, but that isn't the main reason I am going.
I think we have to remember that Busch Gardens Tampa is classified as a zoo and always has been. I believe they are the 4th largest zoo in the USA if not in the world. Therefore the care and setup is much different. Disney learned the hard way when they first opened AK. Many of the exotic animals were dying. It's costly, too, to upkeep them. I was actually hoping Disney's AK would change into the Central Florida Zoo since they have a wonderful setup. Zoos are obviously fine for animals but I voted no for theme parks.
I think it's great as long as they take the same care as the zoos do when it comes to habitat and treatment. As long as they can maintain the proper environment, there's no reason not to mix the two.
i only like seeing animals when they are near a certain attraction and kind of incorporate with the ride (for example, journey to atlantis in san diego with the dolphins). but other than that, i dont like when they take up a huge space that's big enough for a decent sized attractioin
While I would go to a park if they had aninmals or not, I do think it is a bonus if a park has animals!!! I love zzo's so for me going to a place like BGT or AK or SeaWorld that it is a big addition to see animals besides going on great rides and seeing excellant shows!!
Great poll! Voting 'no' here for numerous reasons.
I think it should be no.
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