Zoos quotes:

  • Zoos should concentrate more on the preservation side of things. -- Gerald Durrell
  • I know zoos are no longer in people's good graces. Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusions about freedom plague them both. -- Yann Martel
  • Zoos are becoming facsimiles - or perhaps caricatures - of how animals once were in their natural habitat. If the right policies toward nature were pursued, we would need no zoos at all. -- Michael J. Fox
  • Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings. -- Evan Esar
  • The zoo cannot but disappoint. -- John Berger
  • Life is a zoo in a jungle. -- Peter De Vries
  • Someone told me it's all happening at the zoo. -- Paul Simon
  • Zoo animals are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild. -- Jack Hanna
  • The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo. -- Desmond Morris
  • I love acting, but it's much more fun taking the kids to the zoo. -- Nicole Kidman
  • We commonly say in the trade that the most dangerous animal in a zoo is Man. -- Yann Martel
  • My parents used to take me to the pet department and tell me it was a zoo. -- Billy Connolly
  • I became very critical of zoos and circuses and keeping animals in captivity. I wish it was against the law. -- Christopher Walken
  • The quizzical expression of the monkey at the zoo comes from his wondering whether he is his brother's keeper, or his keeper's brother. -- Evan Esar
  • The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. -- Rachel Carson
  • Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo - obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other. -- Angela Davis
  • [Chicago]: This vicious, stinking zoo, this mean-grinning, mace-smelling boneyard of a city: an elegant rockpile of a monument to everything cruel and stupid and corrupt in the human spirit. -- Hunter S. Thompson
  • We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism. -- Rigoberta Menchu
  • All [zoos] actually offer to the public in return for the taxes spent upon them is a form of idle and witless amusement, compared to which a visit to a penitentiary, or even to a State legislature in session, is informing, stimulating and ennobling. -- H. L. Mencken
  • I am personally not against keeping animals at zoos, as they serve a huge educational purpose, but treating them well and with respect seems the least we could do, and with 'we' I mean not just zoo staff, but most certainly also the public. -- Frans de Waal
  • The voice of the natural world would be, 'could you please give us space and leave us alone to get along with our own lives and our own ways, because we actually know much better how to do it than when you start interfering'' -- Jane Goodall
  • Just beyond the ticket booth Father had painted on a wall in bright red letters the question: DO YOU KNOW WHICH IS THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL IN THE ZOO? An arrow pointed to a small curtain. There were so many eager, curious hands that pulled at the curtain that we had to replace it regularly. Behind it was a mirror. -- Yann Martel
  • When I was a child I used to read books by Gerald Durrell, who founded Jersey Zoo. He had a job collecting animals for zoos and for a long time that is what I wanted to do. Later when I was a teenager I had a fantastic English teacher called Mrs. Stafford. Her enthusiasm made me decide to be a writer. -- Melvin Burgess
  • People forget the good that zoos do. If it weren't for zoos, we would have so many species that would be extinct today. -- Betty White
  • Why do men go to zoos? -- H. L. Mencken
  • Nature is to zoos as God is to churches. -- Margaret Atwood
  • I've gone back in time to when dinosaurs weren't just confined to zoos. -- Homer
  • We have wild animals in zoos, yet people rarely meet their 'food' face to face. -- Elayne Boosler
  • Camels are still trained in Alice Springs for tourist jaunts and for occasional sale to Australia's zoos. -- Robyn Davidson
  • In zoos, along with the animals, the humanity of man is also prisoned! No cage is humane! -- Mehmet Murat ildan
  • Let us free all the animals in the zoos to show them that we are not animals!.. -- Mehmet Murat ildan
  • We're in 'Jurassic Park' territory. If we go to the zoo in the future, we'll have zoos for extinct animals. -- Michio Kaku
  • Stop going to the zoos! Don't take your children to the zoos! No creature ever deserves captivity without any crime! -- Mehmet Murat ildan
  • In my perfect world, we would establish perhaps four national zoos of unimpeachable quality and close the rest of them. -- Susan Orlean
  • Through PETA, we rescue animals in roadside zoos and circuses. They are some of the most abused animals in the country. -- Sam Simon
  • We must educate the public. The average person has no idea of what's going on in factory farms, in laboratories, circuses, roadside zoos or rodeos. -- Bob Barker
  • When I visit my brother in South Africa, I order things I've only seen in zoos. Little deers and kudu, all the mammals you would never think of eating. -- Chuck Palahniuk
  • Their stupidity does not amaze me, its when they're smart that amazes me. It's baffling whenever you find someone who's smart - incredible. Soon you'll have zoos for such things. -- Frank Zappa
  • We would consider it cruel to confine a dog permanently in a kennel. Yet we visit zoos where hundreds of wild animals are kept permanently in the equivalent of a kennel. -- Virginia McKenna
  • What a lonely species we are, searching for signals of life from other galaxies, adopting companion animals, visiting parks and zoos to commune with other beasts. In the process, we discover our shared identity. -- Diane Ackerman