Zoos' philosophies on aging animals evolve

10/3/2011 | LiveScience.com

Wild animals live longer in zoos because food, shelter and medical care are guaranteed, which means zoos must deal with the issues associated with aging animals on a regular basis. The philosophy has evolved from keeping rare specimens alive at all costs to considering the individual animal's quality of life when making the tough calls, says Michael Loomis, chief veterinarian at the North Carolina Zoo.

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