Animals in Captivity To understand how wild animals are treated in captivity, I visited five different facilities that keep wild animals- all for different reasons. First, on my list, I went to Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. This center rehabilitates marine mammals that are injured or sick. People can view the animals but one can sense that the purpose of this place is to help animals and to educate people. There are signs asking visitors to be quiet and educational signs and tables explaining how we can do our part to help marine life. There is also an indoor classroom area with stuffed animals that died of natural causes. This is also the same feel one gets from visiting WildCare Solutions in San Rafael, although there are different types of animals here. The ambiance of the facility fits the animals here; it feels wild. There is a creek that runs right by the entrance along with trees and shrubs by the door. When I visited here I saw many types of birds, a squirrel, and a turtle. The animals here are also being rehabilitated and there are signs on each animal's cage explaining what kind of animal it is, where it's from and why it's there. There is also a room where there are stuffed wild animals and informs about them. Upstairs there is also a hospital. The last place I visited on my list of places that treated animals ethically was a little different from the first two. I decided to see the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary. I had visited the Audubon Canyon before and learned that Audubon centers are a great way to see local wildlife in their natural habitat. It's located in a beautiful area and while it may not have a large variety of animals there are birds, squirrels, muscles, and sometimes seals! Then, I moved onto places that I knew exploited wild animals. Almost every major city across America has a zoo, so I went to the San Francisco Zoo. I parked in the Ocean Beach parking lot so I didn't have to pay for parking and I didn't buy anything at the Zoo except for my ticket to enter. I went to the zoo several times when I was a child but it wasn't until now that I saw how sad and lonely the all of the animals seemed. I saw constant hypocrisy in the signs. The signs would explain what each animal has in their natural habitat but many of those aspects were lacking in the enclosure. For example, the gorillas and African cats, are in an enclosure that is looked down upon which makes them feel vulnerable. By the African animals, I saw a sign that said that said the climate in Africa and San Francisco is not that different. It was so unbelievable to see that sign, especially because the day I visited it was extremely foggy and cold in the morning in San Francisco. There is so much noise and commotion from the large crowds and train that drives by. The gift shops and the food are overpriced; the clear purpose here is to make money. After this visit I went to go visit Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and again did not pay for parking or buy anything other than my ticket, which I got online for a slightly discounted price. Seeing animals Six Flags was harder than seeing them at the zoo. The conditions were horrible- cramped and small. They have to put up with the constant roar of the roller coasters and are forced to perform shows. The African cats are in extremely small cages and the Dolphins have several shows a day. The elephants are made to give rides to guests while a handler stood by its side with a bull hook. Elephants actually have extremely sensitive skin and bull hooks cause them a lot of pain. There are even smoking sections throughout the park which exposes the animals to several toxins. In both the San Francisco Zoo and 6 Flags, I saw animals pace back and forth from boredom, hypocrisy, aggression between animals, cages that were too small and overall injustice. Many people chose to ignore these cruelties but any human can see that this is wrong. These animals deserve better.