In their effort to satisfy both visitors and animals both, today’s zoos could be creating a new kind of animal: one accustomed to and dependent on humans, but not tame.
Kibibi, a female western lowland gorilla at the National Zoo. No two gorillas’ noses are exactly the same. Researchers use a gorilla’s nose as a way to identify the animal in the wild. North American zoos are estimated to have 341 western lowland gorillas in captivity. In the wild, the western lowland gorilla population is estimated between 100,000 to 200,000; estimates of the other species are thought to be in the hundreds. Matt McClain/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo