Do Animals Live Longer In Captivity?

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Researchers have observed African zoo elephants with life spans of about 17 years, whereas wild ones in Amboseli lived 36 years. However, sea lions can live to be around 30 years old in captivity, in contrast to an average of approximately 20 years in the wild.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Today's zoos strive to provide enriched environments with lots of space, natural sound, and elements of the animals' natural habitats. 00:40

  2. Elephants in captivity typically live half as long as those in wildlife preserves. 02:38

  3. Zoos help with the conservation of endangered species, and provide healthcare to animals in need. 04:02

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