at the zoo with koreans


I just offloaded like two and a half months of photos from my phone, so I thought I’d share some of the photos that didn’t ever get posted when I meant to. 

Top to bottom, left to right:

  • Seal exhibit at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago
  • Amazing Korean BBQ in SoCal
  • Why NOT dress Darth Vader up in your football team’s colors?
  • Brick mosaic work at the State Park Bathhouse at Indiana Dunes  
  • Sunrise over my stepfather’s bonsai tree in Texas
  • CAMPGROUND FULL, neener neener
  • A building demolition I have watched all summer in Gary, Indiana
  • A pirate treasure trove at a truck stop in Michigan
Happy New Year! ( English )

Voorspoedige nuwe jaar! ( Afrikaans )

Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair! ( Arabic )

Urte Berri on! ( Basque )

Shuvo noboborsho! ( Bengali )

Sun nien fai lok! ( Chinese (Cantonese) )

Xin nian yu kuai! ( Chinese (Mandarin) )

Stastny Novy Rok! ( Czech )

Gelukkig nieuwjaar! ( Dutch )

Bonan Novjaron! ( Esperanto )

Onnellista uutta vuotta! ( Finnish )

Bonne année! ( French )

Ein glückliches neues Jahr! ( German )

Eutychismenos o kainourgios chronos! ( Greek )

Hauoli Makahiki hou! ( Hawaiian )

Shana Tova! ( Hebrew )

Boldog uj evet! ( Hungarian )

Selamat Tahun Baru! ( Indonesian (Bahasa) )

Felice Anno Nuovo or Buon anno! ( Italian )

Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu! ( Japanese )

Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo! ( Korean )

Nyob Zoo Xyoo Tshiab! ( Laotian (Hmong) )

Felix sit annus novus! ( Latin )

Barka da sabuwar shekara! ( Nigerian (Hausa) )

Godt Nytt År! (Norwegian )

Manigong Bagong Taon! ( Philippines (Tagalog) )

Szczesliwego Nowego Roku! ( Polish )

La Multi Ani si Un An Nou Fericit! (Romanian )

Feliz año nuevo! ( Spanish )

Heri za Mwaka Mpya! ( Swahili )

Chuc mung nam moi! ( Vietnamese )

—  drogat-cu-sentimente

rneme  asked:

zoo's are exactly the same as keeping animals as pets, if rescuing animals and holding them in a safe, clean and fun environment specialized for each animal is so cruel then why do you support keeping pets. unlike zoo's pet owners aren't trained in taking care of pet's and have little to no knowledge of animals. zoo's only hire trained professionals with degrees, even to just simply clean cages. unfortunately i can't link proof because your submit is not open, that says something. -continued-

-continued- so why is it that zoo’s who constantly save endangered species and take good care of those that have been abused or unable to work properly in the wild. it is a simple fact that many animals are no longer able to sustain themselves in the wild do to human intervention so zoo’s are like care places for these animals, as well as for disabled animals. don’t foolishly reblog whatever fits your agenda you’re just spreading misinformation that makes you look all the worse.

-sigh- Here we go.

Zoos are not the same as keeping a pet because there is a huge difference between keeping a wild animal and keeping a domesticated one. We are not supposed to keep wild animals as pets. It just doesn’t work and that’s been shown with many, many instances where humans did try to keep wild animals as pets. Domesticated animals, you know, actually like humans (usually) and their behaviors have been altered to be domesticated. Keeping a dog is no where comparable to keeping a lion. 

That said, the animals is zoos are rarely rescued animals. They were breed in captivity and the animals are traded among zoos.

“Today, many of our new animals come from other zoos.” - (note: this is a pro-captivity website)

The wild animals are traded between zoos like they are a commodity. All the pandas in the world actually belong to China, for example. They are just out on loan. I don’t know what fantasy land you are living in if you believe all the animals were rescued. In fact, many of the animals were just captured from the wild. 

In 2003 the UK government gave permission for the capture of 146 penguins from a British territory in the South Atlantic (Tristan da Cunha). Those who survived the seven-day boat journey from Tristan to a wildlife dealer in South Africa were sold to zoos in Asia.

In 2010, Zimbabwe planned to capture two of every mammal species found in Hwange National Park and send them to North Korean zoos. This included rhinos, lions, cheetahs, zebras and giraffes as well as two 18-month-old elephants. The plan was only stopped after international pressure by a coalition of organisations including CAPS.

70% of elephants in European zoos were taken from the wild.

A CAPS study found that 79% of all animals in UK aquariums were caught in the wild. Sea Life aquariums admitted to taking animals from the wild as recently as 2013, but refused to provide information on how many of the animals held by them were wild-caught. (And yes, aquariums are just as important as zoos).

You also claimed that zoos are fun for the animals, except this is false. When taking a wild animal and placing them in an artificial enclosure, this can have horrible effects on their mental health, which is actually more common than you think. Zoochosis is a pattern of behavior found in captive wild animals. “In captivity, animals may face a number of challenges for which evolution has not prepared them. The climate, diet and the size and characteristics of the enclosure may be completely alien to the species as it exists in the wild.

Captive animals may no longer be able to have control over their environment, nor carry out evolved behaviours aimed at enhancing their welfare or survival prospects. Instead they must rely on humans to provide for many of their physical, social, biological and other needs.

If the captive environment does not cater for the species-specific needs of the animal, there can be a deterioration in both physical and mental health such as the development of abnormal behaviour, disease and even early mortality.” Some of the common behaviors animals in captivity have shown include pacing back and forth, biting bars, and even self mutilation (hitting their head against floors and walls, for example). 

Video evidence of pacing around 

Video evidence of bar biting - which I don’t know about you, but animals bite bars when they want to be released. I used to put my bunny in his cage when he did something bad and immediately he would start biting and shaking his cage. 

Video evidence of swaying and head bobbing

Other behaviors seen: playing with excrement (in species that do not naturally), rocking, constant regurgitating.

The man made enclosure the animals live in are of mediocre size and can no way provide them with what they need to be happy mentally and fulfill what they instinctively do physically. Elephants can walk up to 50 miles a day… Please tell me how a round area to which I can see the other side of is allowing elephants to get the physical activity that they do in the wild.

Zoos are too small for some species, biologists report

Basically keeping a large animal like the elephant in a enclosure is equivalent to keeping a large rabbit in a cage where they can not run away or hop. You’d probably see the latter as animal neglect, right?

And actually a lot of pet owners research about the animal they are about to adopt.

Now, University of Flordia explains how easy it is to become a zoo keeping at the Jacksonville zoo!

"Although the only specific education requirement at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a High School education, it is often the college degree that gets you that closer look.  Although a degree in Zoology or Animal Science would be nice, a bachelor in one of the other life sciences will do just fine.  Although not a requirement, there is a small handful of keeper training programs related to institutions of higher learning.” - UF College of arts and liberal sciences 

It then states that you could take a quick program at the local Santa Fe community college to become a zoo keeper! I actually thought it was a common fact that you didn’t need to have a degree to be a zookeeper. I mean, most zookeepers do have some sort of degree but it isn’t required. The be a volunteer for the animals at a zoo you literally just need to graduate high school. While we’re on this subject, yes. I don’t have my submit box open because it’s not needed? A majority of blogs on this website don’t utilize their inbox. This blog is not a submission. Don’t be such a rotten apple about things.

Zoos do not save endangered species. Here’s why: Breeding programs are rarely successful, Zoos breed just so they can have more captive animals for zoos (to keep the captive population up), and many zoos do not have introductory programs back to the wild.

There are thousands and thousands of endangered animals, but zoos collectively only take in about 100 of them. Funding is wasted because the majority of those animals will not breed in captivity or even in their natural habitats. Most zoos have no connections with reintroduction programs as verified by zoo director David Handcock. 
He himself has said, ““There is a commonly held misconception that zoos are not only saving wild animals from extinction but also reintroducing them to their wild habitats. The confusion stems from many sources, all of them zoo-based… In reality, most zoos have had no contact of any kind with any reintroduction program.” 

More funding goes to zoos than actual programs that help protect the animals’ habitat directly and wild life preserves. The best way to combat extinction is to fight it at the source and protect the animals, not by taking them away. Taking these animals and breeding them in captivity is compromising their chances for a successful introduction in to the wild because the enclosures they are kept in are too small to mimic anything natural.

Before I end my spiel…

- UK zoos have been found to been linked to circuses. “CAPS exposed a UK zoo in 2009 that was a member of the trade body BIAZA (which supposedly upholds the highest standards) as having a breeding connection with a controversial animal circus

- Animals are regularly culled (killed) in zoos where there is a surplus of animals. (EX: Marius the giraffe)

I can also provide you with examples of animal cruelty in zoos which include physical punishment, solitary confinement, and lack of care. 

But let me just link you to this: Last year the Virginia Zoo Director, Meghan Morgensen, pleaded guilty to drowning a wallaby in a bucket of water. 

So here’s what I have to say to you, dear rneme: Open your god damn eyes.


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Translation: “On the first day of 2015 the busy Tao returned to his hometown Qingdao, he even remebered the local Korean-style coffee brand Zoo Coffee and shared it with a good friend, together enjoying good old times. Tao in person gives off a manly aura, leaving an autograph before leaving! Be it a gathering with friends, or a family getaway @ZooCoffee’s Qingdao store is your best choice. Order a cup of Tao’s choice of blueberry yoghurt smoothie, and enjoy the winter breeze with the blue romance”

Credit: Zoo Coffee.

Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming to South Korea

Lately I have felt so utterly forced to write about my experience in Korea. I am a black-Latina who knew that coming to Korea might have its challenges. Before coming to Korea I was an Advocate in NYC who worked specifically on issues of abusive policing. For 2 years I fought for the dignity of people from various marginalized communities and groups. Our focus was on, but not limited to, Black and Latino people around the city, Muslim Americans, the LGBTQ Communities, and Sex Workers rights. I was drenched in ideas of justice before coming here. I always respected who people were and how they wanted to be treated, never minimized anyone’s lived experiences, worked everyday to be a proper ally where I wasn’t a direct victim, and fought tirelessly for my own communities. This kept my eyes wide open, but my heart as well. Injustice can really hurt you when you refuse to be ignorant of it.

Since living in South Korea I’ve had countless issues with cultural practices here, both amongst Korean people and the “foreigner” community that I am part of. I was one of those people who researched high and low for blogs and vlogs that could give me a glimpse into what life would be like here. On countless occasions I googled things like “black in Korea”, “latino in Korea”, “racism in Korea”, but nothing prepared me. To be honest everything I read raved about Korea. After living here I am convinced that people were either outright lying about their experiences in order not to alienate their followers or they were just accepting of things I will never accept.

I have had some good experiences while living here, but to be honest it’s been much more bad than good. Below I have listed the most common things I read about Korea prior to my arrival and my experiences with them.

#1. People will stare at you.

Everyone in every blog and vlog will tell you that Korean people will stare at you. But that’s all they say. They don’t tell you if you’re brown or curly or curvy (read:different) they may also point and laugh, make obscene gestures and sounds, or actually say things directly to you. The way I have been oggled in comparison to my white counterparts is starkly different. It is dehumanizing at every turn. You will feel like a zoo animal. You will not like it.

#2. Koreans are extremely accomodating to foreigners.

This is true to the extent that most Koreans know some English and will work to use their English when with you. You will rarely have to have a full conversation without using any English. This is very helpful when in restaurants and stores. But I have noticed very few Korean people have had any interest in me aside from practicing their English. At first it seems they are interested in being your friend or helping you but you learn quickly, it’s just to practice English.

#3. Koreans love Americans and American culture.

First off, to many Koreans, American means white. If you are not white they will not consider you American. This country is homogenous, as are many countries surrounding it. They don’t quite understand how a nationality and ethnicity can be separate things. I have Korean-American friends here who are treated like their English and knowledge of American culture isn’t as good bc they are ethnically Korean, even though everyone knows they’ve lived in the US their entire lives. If you are a non white American, you will not be seen or treated the same.

#4. There are many “foreigners” in South Korea. You’ll make tons of friends.

Now this one might have alot to do with the city I live in. There are lots of foreigners, but they are mainly white and not very progressive thinking. I came here thinking that most people who traveled here would be open minded and progressive. At least in my city, I was very wrong. If I talk about my experiences people either shut down completely, get very aggravated because I’m being a “downer”, or try to explain to me that what I’m experiencing every day isn’t really that bad or happening the way I think it is. Meh.

In later posts I will tackle these issues and more at length. Many of these customs have real cultural reasons and significance. For now, I hope this gives you an idea of what living here is truly like.

anonymous asked:

Men-*rapes and murders native women, sets white women on fire, rapes black women with black male slaves, men of all races sell their own daughters to older males, cops of same religion do nothing, enslaves Irish and Hispanic women, puts aboriginal women in zoos, vivisects pregnant Jewish women, and black women, kills Korean women for escaping their country, rapes Chinese women to death for war comfort, kills women to get back at men* Men-"why do you hate us you fucking generalizing asshole?!"