So here's the quick and dirty explanation of what I'm doing So I'm doing a final project for my anthropology class called "Fieldwork Methods" where I'm writing a 12 page paper on the appeal of zoos. After ruminating on this for a few days and doing some interviews with people, I've nailed it down to 2 factors 1. A desire to see things that are "exotic" or "out of the ordinary" hence why things like reptiles and charismatic megafauna are so popular 2. A desire to experience a connective experience with nature. It was then I realized that zoos were only the tip of the iceberg in our desire to get close to what we consider wild. That's where this forum comes in. Since members here frequently traverse exotic locations in pursuit of big game, I'd like to know if any of these factors come into play.