Believe it or not, some do and some don’t. It depends on the animal, some animals like the Black footed ferret, lives longer in captivity. While others like the Whale, live longer in the wild. So it’s yes, and no, depending on the species, the zoo’s quality of care, environment and if the animal was born in the zoo. These along with many other factors, will effect the life span of an animal. Some animals suffer from stress in captivity while others thrive off of the health-care and lack of predators. Zoos can be really beneficial for some animals, the squirrel is a good example; it has a life expectancy in the wild of two to three years whereas in captivity they can live up to twelve.
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