The benefits of zoos to local communities and to society in general are largely underestimated by the wider population

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Sun parrots (Aratinga solstitialis) eating food from the open hand of a member of the public in a walk-in aviary at a zoo. Experiences such as these add greatly to people’s sense of well-being as well as their desire to conserve wildlife. (GETTY)

Zoos, aquariums and aviaries are amongst the most popular tourist attractions in the world, with…

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