We are all used to going to the zoo and seeing all these exotic, beautiful animals locked away in cages. Most of us feel bad for the animals that are often confined to spaces that are too small for their needs and don’t mimic their natural environment.
But what if there was a better way to experience wildlife? The people who thought about the “Reverse Zoo” concept think it’s possible to see wild animals up close, safely and without putting them in cages. The solution? Reverse the role and put people in cages. This way, the animals are able to roam free!
In a way, it makes more sense to be this way. After all, animals are not objects we can use for our entertainment. And since we’re the ones who want to see them, why should the animals be the one locked away? Over the years, many zoos have received a lot of criticism for keeping animals in poor conditions, so this idea may actually work. This way, humans could get a taste of what it feels to be constrained to enclosures.
The Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo in Chongqing, China came up with the idea and I must admit, there’s nothing I agree more. According to zoo spokeswoman Chan Llang, people are visitors are aware of the dangers and have been warned “to keep their fingers and hands inside the cage at all times because a hungry tiger wouldn’t know the difference between them and breakfast.
“We wanted to give our visitors the thrill of being [chased] by the big cats but with, of course, none of the risks,” the spokesperson also said. Have a look: