I'm no zookeeper. Not yet. But I have kept dozens of species (both at home and as a volunteer at accredited animal sanctuaries) ranging from the exotic to the ubiquitous, and I'd like to think that know what it takes. I know how to mix antibiotics into feed, I know what to do to catch a loose cockatoo or chinchilla, I know how to change bandages, I know that UVB bulbs need to be changed yearly, and I know when I can't handle a situation, the vet needs to be called. So I find it shocking that at unaccredited zoos, baby Ring-tailed Lemurs are wondering on the wrong side of the mesh, tigers are roaming enclosures the size of my living room, baby lions are always on display because fruitful western breeding farms sell them for just a few hundred dollars, and, certainly not least, animals go without proper medical care, and some cases, even lack proper grooming. These places never cease to confound me, leaving me with the impression that even I, one with little experience with exotic animals, could do a better job caring for their lions, tigers, and bears. Yet roadside zoos are incessantly glorified in the media; coatis and bobcats are always showing up on local news channels, and there is even a "docu-series" on Animal Planet (Which ought to change its name) about an "animal sanctuary" in Maine. The episode I just watched broke my heart. Though the couple that owned the zoo complained about a lack of funds, donkeys, Bennett's Wallabies, Ring-tailed Lemurs, and Mouflon were all allowed to breed freely; their offspring were hand-raised and brought to restaurants for no-cost publicity stunts ("Do you want to look down my shirt?" the zoo owner asks the restaurant goers, before pulling lemur babies from her bosom. "Yes, you can pet them." she continues). Later, a Mouflon falls ill, becoming lethargic and unresponsive. The couple considered calling a vet, but decided against it. The Mouflon recovered, and days later gives birth - a pregnancy that I had detected (pregnant ewes aren't hard to spot...) but they had not. How ignorant must one be to not notice that their sheep has swollen? (On reflection, the poor ewe's symptoms were reminiscent of pregnancy toxemia - but then again, I have little experience with sheep.) It is a shame that Animal Planet airs such horrendous programs. I'd like to know what others' experiences with roadside zoos are. I'm certain that some ZooChat members have work experiences in such places, and I'm certain that such an experience would be enormously challenging; please, share your stories. Thank you!