Society has evolved and these days a good many people have expressed their rejection of zoos prompting a debate on whether these centres should exist or not, and what the appropriate model of a zoo should be in the 21st century.
Nowadays there is a multitude of alternative ways of getting close to nature. People have the chance to travel, climb mountains, go to the woods, visit rescue centres, go sailing or scuba diving. Even without moving it is possible to learn about the different animal species, with books, documentaries and on the internet, constantly available anywhere anytime.
At FAADA we have a whole webpage of resources about responsible tourism for those who want to get closer to nature and enjoy it in a sustainable and ethical way (www.turismo-responsable.com). In Spain these centres can be visited as an alternative to the zoo.
Zoos have the chance to invest their resources in new technologies in order to recreate natural habitats, ecosystems, animal populations (in 3D for example) and tell their visitors everything about the customs, behaviour, feeding, etc. of any species. It is not necessary to keep wild animals in captivity for life to transmit knowledge about them.
At the state level
Through InfoZOOS a coalition made up of the organisations ANDA, BORN FREE and FAADA, created to bring about effective change in the way wild animals are managed and treated in zoos.