9 Animals You’ll Never See at a Zoo

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By Jen McCaffery, Reader's Digest

Every animal's needs are different

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People go to zoos and aquariums to get up close to species that we would never encounter otherwise. Education and conservation is part of the mission of modern zoos, says David Mizejewski, a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. But there are some animals you’ll probably never see there. "Certain animals you just can’t provide for," Mizejewski says. "Then there are just some animals that, for whatever reason, don’t thrive under human care." Here are some of them: 

Great white shark

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Aquariums have tried to keep great white sharks in captivity—with little success. In 2016, a great white shark died after three days in a Japanese aquarium, NPR reported. The shark refused to eat. Great white sharks also like to roam. “We can’t replicate their habitat in a way that they would be able to survive in captivity,” Mizejewski says. 


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Unlike some other species on this list, swallows are common. But that still doesn’t mean they’re suited for zoos. "Swallows are so focused on flying," Mizejewski says. "They’re delicate and they don’t thrive in captivity."

Mountain gorilla

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