Monday, November 7, 2011

Spider Monkey

Earlier today, a zookeeper left the door to a monkey's cage open in the Dallas Zoo. Although the monkey did not harm anyone and they safely got the spider monkey back into it's cage, it could have been very dangerous. Even though the zoo said the spider monkey was harmless, they don't really know for sure what the monkey could have done if they had not properly secured the animal back in it's cage at the right time. The zoo then stated that the same problem of leaving the door to the cage open had happened just about two weeks before and that the mistake was made by the employee and had nothing to do with the facility or mechanical problems. In my opinion, they should train the zookeepers better and make sure they are doing everything properly, such as locking the cage. The zoo needs to take into account the costs and benefits of not training their employees to the best of their ability. If the zoo trains their employees to make sure they lock the cages, then it would be a benefit and they would not have to worry about any possible dangers happening in the park. If they do not train their employees more to get everything down, there could be some major costs from that. At the zoo, the safety of the people and the animals should be their number one priority. 

2 comments:

WendyS said...

It's really dangerous to have animals out. No matter they are small animals or big. It's just not safe for people like kids and senior citizens. I think it's a really good idea to have all these zookeepers trained. Although it will cost a lot of money for the zoo, it will make sure that people are safe. If people know the zoo is not safe for them, they will less likely to go in there. If people know the zoo is really good, they even would like to pay more for the gate tickets. This is just like what is the opportunity cost for the zoo. So these zoos need to figure out if the spend more money to train zookeeper is better? Or just let not train them?

Lindsay said...

The Dallas Zoo really needs to think about how they train those employees because someone could have been seriously injured. What if it wasn't the cage of a harmless monkey that they left open? The zoo could have had a lawsuit on their hands. If they just think of the cost of a lawsuit versus the cost of just training their employees a little more efficiently, then they could clearly see that they would benefit from the training in the long run. Also it wouldn't benefit just the zoo, it would benefit the visitors. If the visitor were severely harmed then they could possibly lose their job or worse. So I agree with Emily that the health if the visitors should be the top priority not saving money by shortening the training.