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Read the following two poems – one about a tiger and other about a panther. Then discuss:

Are zoos necessary for the protection or conversation of some species of animals? Are they useful for educating the public? Are there alternatives to zoos?

The Tiger

The Tiger behind the bars of his cage growls,

The Tiger behind the bars of his cage snarls,

The Tiger behind the bars of his cage roars,

Then he thinks.

It would be nice not to behind all the bars all The Time

Because they spoil my view

I wish I were wild, not on show.

But if I were wild, hunters might shoot me,

But if I were wild, food might poison me,

But if I were wild, water might drown me.

Then he stops thinking

And…..

The Tiger behind the bars of his cage growls,

The Tiger behind the bars of his cage snarls,

The Tiger behind the bars of his cage roars,

-Peter Niblett

The Panther

His vision, from the constantly passing bars, has grown so weary that it cannot hold anything else. It seems to him there are a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.

As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,

The movement of his powerful soft strides is like a ritual dance around a center in which a mighty will stands paralysed. Only at times, the curtain of the pupils lifts, quietly. An image enters in, rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles, plunges into the heart and is gone.

-Rainer Maria Rilke

Answer :

Through these two poems, it is clear to all us that freedom is very important for everyone. Not only human beings, but also animals like it deeply. Without freedom, no one can feel happy. Animals in the cage are taken care of. They are given food several times, yet they lead a very pitiable life. They do not like to be caged. They like to move freely, to chase their hunt. They are very powerful, but in the cage, they cannot find proper atmosphere for running and hunting. So, it is very difficult to live in prison.


Although zoos are necessary for the protection or conservation of some species of animals. The dangerous dip in the number of animals in wild has increased the need for the zoos at many places.


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