Zoos pp 51-57 | Cite as

Suspension of Natural Evolution

  • Keekok Lee


The last two chapters have looked at the ontological transformation of animals-in-the-wild as naturally occurring beings to become captive exotic exhibits in zoo collections under four aspects, namely, geographical and habitat dislocations, spatial miniaturisation of their simulated habitats and hotelification. This chapter will continue to explore in the same spirit, first yet another aspect, namely, medication, before it goes on to show that all these arguments, marshalled thus far, justify the claim that zoo management of animals amounts to the suspension of natural evolution, and hence that the products of such management would, therefore, no longer qualify to be naturally occurring beings, given the change in their ontological status.


Natural Evolution Polar Bear Ontological Status Captive Animal Simulated Habitat 
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