(Two adjoining gibbon enclosures (see gibbon top left).)
The smaller primate cages seem to be small, too. A far cry from their natural environment.
It's undoubtedly true that, without zoos, us humans would not hold as much respect as we currently do for many animals, especially those who are endangered. And, it's clear to see that Drayton Manor zoo is doing a lot to support various animal charities, as well as providing a spacious home for the majority of their animals. Tapirs roam in large fields, and meerkats have a spacious, heated inside den that people can walk through via a raised walkway, as well as a large outdoor enclosure. Inside reptile houses give people an amazing view of exotic reptiles lazing in the humid heat they would experience in their natural environment. But there are some instances where animal welfare should come before profits. Drayton Manor, as a whole, is known as a theme park, not a zoo. the zoo covers little more than 15 acres, and houses over 100 animals. In this space are large walkways, a railway line for a small attraction train, cafes, and parks for children. On the other hand, West Midlands Safari Park covers 200 acres and houses over 600 animals, who are allowed to roam relatively freely, while the humans are contained in the tiny box. Surely this is the way to go? Allowing animals to roam in a more natural (though not perfect) environment, alongside those of their own kind, rather than having them confined to a tiny cage, offering little to the conservation effort.