I agree, many zoos use their animals solely for entertainment and profit, and don’t contribute any money to conservation efforts. On the other hand, there are tons of zoos out there whose primary focus is to educate the public and fund research, conservation and breeding programs for endangered animals worldwide. In many cases, the animals in zoos are those who were found orphaned or injured, and who could not have survived in the wild, therefore make a perfect candidate for an ‘education’ animal, who’ll live out their ‘second chance’ life in a wonderful facility and be taken care of as if they’re part of the family, whilst being a representative of their species to the public. The zoo I work at is heavily involved in conservation efforts of almost every single animal they’ve got on display, I support them wholeheartedly and absolutely love what I do there. Don’t get me wrong though, I am fully aware that there are countless horrible captive animal facilities in this world. And I understand people don’t have the same views as me. I’m just sharing what I’ve learnt from working in the industry.