Back in the past Como Zoo was not a very good home for many of the animals. This building, now a zoo administration building, is a grim reminder of the past. The small cages on the side had an opening to small cages inside and this is how many of the larger animals were housed.
For a big cat, like a tiger, the space was way too small and very inhumane.
Fortunately times have changed for the better. The tiger, the zoo currently only has one, has a large natural area complete with trees and a water feature.
In the past the only contact the lions could have with other lions was through the bars with a lion in the next cage. Now the lions enclosure is large enough to give multiple lions plenty of space to roam about.
Gorilla's were a big deal for the zoo in the past but even though they helped bring people out to the zoo they still were housed in the same way as the big cats.
Now the zoo has a wonderful area where several gorillas can play and interact with each other. They also hope to expand and improve this area in the future.
The new buildings at the zoo are state of the art and are designed to provide the best experience for both animals and people. This is the latest building and it houses a small tropics area.
The tropics area has many different types of free flying birds as well as fish, reptiles and a sloth.
I have mixed feelings about zoos. I do not like seeing wild animals kept in captivity but zoos have gotten better over time at providing the animals with a better more natural habitat. Many zoos, like the Minnesota Zoo which was built when I was in high school, also have breeding programs to help make sure that some species that are endangered in the wild do not disappear completely. So as long as they are responsible and humane and try and keep the best interest of the animal in mind I think that a zoo can be a good place for people to learn more about wildlife around the world and how we affect it.