Lion in a cage
Lions are large felines that are traditionally depicted as the "king of the jungle." These big cats once roamed Africa, Asia and Europe. However, now they are found in only two areas of the world and are classified into two subspecies. Asiatic lions live in India's Gir Forest; African lions live in central and southern Africa. Though they look similar, these two subspecies are very different in size, habitat, diet and more.
Wild animals were meant to live in the wild. Seems like common sense, but humans have long cast-off such concerns and captured the world’s most majestic animals for roadside attractions, circuses and medical experimentation.
Lives of animals in the wild versus captivity are literally worlds apart, and even the best captive facilities can’t recreate the conditions of the wild — not exactly. Most don’t even try, leaving animals in tiny enclosures with no socialization, enrichment or joy. Captivity is unnatural and unhealthy. People are starting to recognize the danger of continuing these practices, but there’s a long way to go.