Will Zoos Disappear?

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Topic: Costa Rica Closes Zoos

TESA: Technology/Entrepreneurship/Society/Arts

Finding: Costa Rica plans to close its two zoos and end the caging of animals by May of 2014

Implications: Is this a “weak signal” foreshadowing the disappearance of zoos world wide? The costa rican feeling about this is that they want a new way of interacting with nature. Are we entering a new era in which returning the whole of the world to as pristine a state as possible becomes a value and a goal? It may be that returning animals to the wild may be a reflection of the human desire to return to a more natural, holistic way of being connected to the natural world.

Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/costa-rica-close-zoos-citing-change-environmental-conscience-1371161

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An ocelot at Zoo Ave in Costa Rica. (CC/Hans Hillewaert)

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Are You Shark Proof?

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Topic: Shark Proof Wet Suit

TESA: Technology/Entrepreneurship/Society/Arts

Finding: Developed in Australia, new wet suit makes surfers and swimmers invisible (or repellent) to sharks.

Implications: Will this technology create a new tourist industry for those of us who would like to see these animals in the wild? Will other technologies follow that will help humans become invisible or undesirable to other predators in the wild? How about, for example, a suit that makes us invisible to bears? How will this combine with something like the Costa Rican initiative to close down their Zoos and return their animals to the wild? Will we enter a new era in which the whole of the natural world is a relatively safer nature park for humans?

Sourcehttp://www.cnet.com.au/aussies-design-shark-proof-wetsuits-339344936.htm#

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