The National Geographic Channel is known for its award-winning shows on animal care and conservation. However, one show, “My Life Is a Zoo,” featuring the DeYoung Family Zoo, does more harm than good and should never appear on television again.
The program misinforms the public while at the same time promotes roadside zoos and irresponsible animal ownership. The DeYoung Family Zoo is not accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and seems to be teetering on the edge of financial ruin according to comments made on the show. While the overall existence of a 400-animal zoo primarily run by only two people is concerning in itself, the program regularly shows reckless decisions and animals in dangerous situations
Wild and exotic animals belong in the wild and not in backyard zoos. Private ownership of wild and exotic animals often ends in injury and death to the animals and the humans who care for them.
Please write a polite letter to the president of the National Geographic Channel urging him to discontinue any further episodes of “My Life Is a Zoo.” Suggest he instead focus on lessons of conservation and welfare that can be better gained through humane education programs, responsible eco-tourism, and other non-intrusive methods.
National Geographic Channel
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 24724