Captive vs Wild Animals
Date: Spring 2013
Who lives longer, endangered animals in the wild or in captivity? Why?
Captive animals live longer, mostly, because they get fed on a schedule without having to risk their lives to catch prey, they get medical care when they need it, and they are protected against predators.
Most often captive animals live longer than their wild counterparts. Captives are usually well fed and cared for, and do not face all the hazards of life in the wild.
It depends on the species and individual, but overall animals tend to live longer in captivity due to veterinary care that they would not receive in the wild.
Thanks for the question. Animals in captivity can often live longer than animals in the wild for several reasons. First, animals in captivity are cared for by veterinarians and given a good supply of food. Second, animals in captivity are not killed and eaten by predators that would be found in the wild. Third, many of the dangers such as poaching are not experienced by animals in captivity.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have more questions.
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