You know what's funny?
The Disney Conservation Fund does a lot of great work. AK is partly an extension of that. The research that is done there on all types of species, even through breeding, is quite significant and gives humans a better understanding of how to coexist with these animals and support their natural habitats. And the awareness they raise through the park is substantial, and it obviously helps to fund some of the conservation efforts. It inspires people. If a few birds need to have their wings clipped to make this all work, I am fine with that. The upside is so much more than any negative. But if animals being held in captivity "needlessly" ruffles your feathers, this probably isn't the park for you. I would see no reason to spend money there if I felt that way.