The Dusit Zoo had an impressive assortment of animals, all imprisoned in one of the hottest cities in the world. As much as I can marvel at the animals I see in a zoo, their circumstance always depresses me. It’s disturbing to watch caged animals pacing back and forth in a never ending, insane monotony. Let’s face it, zoos are little more than animal prisons where humans go to gawk at the inmates.
But in seeing the animals at a zoo, my feeling that our amazing biodiversity must be protected is only strengthened. If zoos instill this feeling and conviction in other visitors, then there is a powerful benefit.
While I didn’t get to see hornbills in the wild in Thailand, I did get to see them at the Dusit Zoo. Contained in the zoo’s aviary were two Great Hornbills. They were absolutely magnificent birds. If I’m fortunate enough to return to Thailand someday, I want search for hornbills in their natural habitat.