NBC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 24, 1974
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(Studio) Most animals in zoo miserably unhappy.
REPORTER: Douglas Kiker
(No location given) [Humane Society of US, Dr. Sue PRESSMAN - says most big city zoos can't support conditions needed for animals.) [Portland zoo, Dr. Phillip OGILVIE - states attendance dwindles, money dwindles, city support all but disappears. Animals suffer because tedium of captivity can't be relieved.] Animals bored with existence in captivity. [OGILVIE - admits zoo animal doesn't exhibit behavior of same animal in the wild.) Director of Central Park zoo had rather not keep large animals because of cramped space. [Dr. PRESSMAN - says animals can't truly represent species in cramped conditions.) [OGILVIE - thinks attendance at zoo drops because more people concerned with type of captivity for animals.) San Diego zoo possibly best zoo in country Some people say zoos don't serve any function; American zoos must decide.
REPORTER: Jack Perkins