Do all zoos by their nature commoditize wildlife?



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    Interesting question. According to one definition to “commoditize” means:The act of making a process, good or service easy to obtain by making it as uniform, plentiful and affordable as possible.” So by this definition zoos certainly bring wildlife further along on the spectrum of commodification, as most zoos have the same general setup, are relatively affordable (particularly in comparison to the cost of travel to see some of the wildlife in nature). Unlike seeing wildlife in nature, where every experience is going to be unique, visiting wildlife in zoos is more likely going to be similar experience each time. But  zoos deal with live creatures, I dont think wildlife is as easily commodified as, say, a french fry, becuase it does have a life of its own. But if you think of commodification as a spectrum, zoos push wildlife further along this spectrum.

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