Anonymous asked: What do you think of west midlands safari park?? Ive been a few times and it seemed ok.....
I do not support any zoos (unless they are rescue zoos, although I usually class them as sanctuaries).
One of the most controversial things about this zoo in particular is that they profit off of white lions. They were chastised in the past for selling white lion cubs to a circus.
The zoo sold four white lion cubs to be trained in the UK and then sold on to Kinoshita Circus. They are now performing in Japan. One of the cubs couldn’t cope with the cruelty and was shipped off to a zoo, where he is now believed to be suffering from a nervous disease called ‘autonomic ataxia’, and his mane has falled out.
The fact they are even breeding white lions and glorifying them is despicable. And use of the word ‘rare’ is not only misleading, it reduces these animals to some sort of collectible item, or endangered species…. they are NEITHER. White lions are simply genetic outliers of already established species.
“All white lions are derived from a single small population discovered near Kruger National Park in South Africa. The white coat colour is caused by a recessive gene and the animals are known as leucistic. Leucism is seen among mammals, fish, reptiles and birds, but is only expressed in homozygous recessives. White lions are therefore by definition inbred, and since they all derive from one small founder population, progressive inbreeding can be expected to lead to a number of aberrant disorders like skeletal deformities, immune system deficiencies, digestive problems and neurologic conditions. In South Africa, lion breeders intentionally inbreed lions expressing the white coat colour for trophy hunting and for international sales and a number of zoos around the world have bought them. Because white lions are purposely inbred, zoos should not have them in their collections. They might be “cute” but contribute nothing to increasingly urgent conservation needs of their tawny relatives in the wild.”