The term recreation is best considered as re-creation or re-juvenation of the individual owing to a certain quality of experience. For many reasons, humans are attracted to nonhuman animals. Yearly, more than 100 million Americans visit zoos, a level surpassing visitation to professional athletic events or participation in fishing. Perhaps the most astonishing thing about human fascination for wildlife in captivity is that it is so rampant despite the poor conditions of most zoos. More than anything, this indicates an overwhelming affection for animal life.
Eaton, Randall L.
"An Overview of Zoo Goals and Exhibition Principles,"
International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems: Vol. 2:
6, Article 9.
Available at: https://www.wellbeingintlstudiesrepository.org/ijsap/vol2/iss6/9