ZOOXXI: first stop Barcelona

ZOOXXI: first stop Barcelona

The paradigm shift regarding zoos around the world starts today in Barcelona. The ZOOXXI platform is launching the city’s first Citizens’ Initiative, an approach of participatory democracy that will mark the first step in a long road to reforming zoos across the globe. ZOOXXI is a social and academic platform that works to restructure and reform zoos throughout the world. Its aim is to bring about a change in philosophy and to adapt these centres to the sensibilities and scientific knowledge of the 21st century, leaving behind the practices of current zoo models, which have become stuck in the past. The platform has garnered a great deal of support from figures in the city’s science field and beyond. A few key aspects to understanding ZOOXXI’s critique of 19th century zoos: Conservation ex situ: The vast majority of animals in captive breeding programmes at the Zoo do not have an effective reintroduction programme. The disappearance of animals does not stem from difficulties in reproducing, but from vanishing natural habitats caused by human pressure. Breeding in captivity makes little sense if efforts are not made to conserve habitats. ZOOXXI proposes an outward-looking zoo, able to protect its habitats and apply pressure in order to change environmental policies (conservation in situ); to move from selling captive animals to selling habitat conservation by means of advanced immersive technologies. Of the few successful reintroduction programmes currently carried out by the Zoo, most are for indigenous species. Slaughtering animals: The reproduction of animals in captivity does not answer an ecological strategy, but an economic one. The animals reproduce so that there is something to exhibit...