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Why Animals Do The Thing

What's in a Word? Why it's Time to Retire "Roadside Zoo"

Rachel Garner

The term "roadside zoo" has become over-used recently as a way to denote a "bad” zoological facility. Since there is no consensus among the groups that use the term regarding what it actually indicates about a facility, “roadside zoo” itself has by now lost any pre-existing operant definition and its continued use serves mainly to provoke an emotional reaction.

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"Menagerie": A Proposal for Replacing the Term "Roadside Zoo"

Rachel Garner

Having widely understood, clearly defined terminology will lead to more successful advocacy efforts by opening discussions to the public and empowering them to make informed decisions about supporting zoological facilities. Embracing the term “menagerie” as a replacement to the vague and confusing "roadside zoo" is an elegant solution that will facilitate clear conversations about the crucial role modern zoological facilities play in our world.

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How to Understand Zoo Terminology

Rachel Garner

One of the things that makes it hard for visitors to a zoological facility to understand how things work is the fact that there's a lot of field-specific lingo - here's a glossary of common terms. 

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