I’ve been told by other expats that going to a zoo in China is a heartbreaking experience . . . and I can now say that this does not begin to describe what I felt during my trip to this zoo.
Several hundred (if not thousand) elementary school children were at the zoo the day we visited. They were not properly supervised and ran amok amongst all the animals and birds that are out in the open (under a massive net that encloses the area). They had sticks and chased peacocks and other exotic birds, but the worst was several boys who had sticks and corn.
These boys ran over to where I was taking photos of this terribly sad lion. When they began throwing their corn at the lion and banging their sticks on the railing I yelled at them along with the three other native English teachers I was with.
I try not to judge other cultures too harshly but for something like this . . . I condemn it utterly.
I believe the primary issue is a lack of education and proper funding for the care of the animals..
I truly hope that it changes soon!