According to the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, hunting companies contribute less than 3% of their revenue to communities in hunting areas.
As far as the claim that killing an animal could somehow conserve their species: ludicrous. Even if an animal is not classified as endangered, trophy hunting has been proven to have a detrimental effect on wild populations.
The outrageous cost of this "sport" is also sickening when you think about all of the animals and people in Africa that the money could help.
So what does this all have to do with zoos in the United States? Unfortunately our zoos directly fuel the senseless hunting of animals for sport.
Zoos around the country know that baby animals are huge crowd pleasers, which majorly contributes to the over-breeding of animals. Overwhelmed with surplus animals, zoos are forced to get rid of them due to lack of staff, funding, and space.
Many zoos claim that their surplus animals do not end up in hunting ranches. The reality is that once an animal has been sold to a dealer, there is no way for the zoo to know where exactly the animal ends up. The majority of zoo surplus animals go to live exotic animal auctions where they are purchased by canned hunting ranches. Despite bans on these facilities in about half of the states, there are currently over 1,000 hunting ranches in the US.