Video: Dallas zoo gorilla makes a statement

Taken at the Dallas zoo, this video popped up on my social media feeds a couple times today.

I can see why—it’s short, simple and satisfying.

If you are a sucker for animals like me, your heart might break a little for the ape, who reminds me of Caesar in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”

[If you can’t watch the video here, watch it on youtube.com]
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  • http://advocatemag.com Christina Hughes Babb

    I feel ya, Teresa. I have never felt great about zoos as an adult, though I probably need to do more research on my own — I haven’t been to the zoo in decades and I assumed the animals were not in cages, exactly, but in environments that mimicked the wild. Also, though I loved dolphins and Shamu as a kid, after watching the documentary The Cove, I will never visit or support an amusement park that purchases and puts these animals in shows. Unfortunately, visitors to the zoo, circus, sea world, etc. are innocently attempting to entertain their families. Often we aren’t aware that something wrong or inhumane might be occurring behind the scenes. I guess it’s up to those of us who care to educate ourselves and offer it up for discussion. http://www.thecovemovie.com/

  • TM

    I am a big fan of the Dallas Zoo. It has improved quite a bit since Jenny was in the old exhibit. The last time I was there, the area where this video was taken was a quiet zone so as not to disturb the gorillas – where you could watch them in a more natural setting. Either it isn’t a quiet zone anymore, or somebody needs to teach their kids how to behave.

  • Teresa Gubbins

    Thanks for posting this. The Dallas Zoo has had a number of animals that have escaped and had to be killed. The zoo made the 2008 list of “The 10 Worst Zoos” for their shoddy treatment of Jenny The Elephant.

    A zoo is not an “attraction” like a museum or a water-park. Placing animals in cages is horrible. And the old excuse that it was “educational” is no longer valid, not with all of the information available on the internet.

    Parents who bring their children to zoos are teaching them one lesson: It’s OK to keep putting animals in cages. A kinder way to educate children on animals – and to help the animals – is to volunteer at a shelter or rescue.