Yes you're completely right; I don't know the figures on the amount of species they've helped survive like they are currently doing with the jarvan green magpie, but does that necessitate non endangered captive animals like their colony of penguins kept in incredibly small spaces compared to their wild counterparts, no, and I wholly agree with you. I think it comes down to how much in a direct or tertiary way they have contributed to the betterment of the preservation of animals through either direct funding or by people finding their love for animals there and going on to donate or support them in other ways. Like princessjellybean said, there are certain animals even in Chester (which is far above every zoo in UK in terms of animal care) that are ill-treated, however indirectly. Like you said hoglet, it's an unnecessary amusement in the main and it would be far better to donate directly.
I respect your opinion but have you seen the kind of animals they have? How many of them need to be kept in a zoo because they are endangered? Not that many. It’s simply for the visitors amusement. It’s a terrible way to keep animals. Outdated and cruel
No, it was Chester Zoo.
Wasn't that colwyn bay?
I remember visiting Chester Zoo very many years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday; I remember a polar bear in a concrete enclosure rocking, and swinging its head from side to side continuously . It is an image that has stayed with me my entire life ;(