That being said, it is very important that these observations are marked captive or not wild, and anyone can do that if the observer has not done so.
How? Sorry if it’s a silly question, but I have been looking for a while, and whereas I can easily see how to mark my own observations as captive/cultivated, I cannot find how to flag it for someone else’s. In fact, I can’t even see in someone else’s observation if they flagged it as captive/cultivated.
Regarding the subject of the thread: I agree that zoo animals are conceptually similar to domesticated/captive individuals, and see no need for a separate classification.
I used to find it silly that people entered photos of their pets/potted plants and refused to ID those out of snobbery. But the other day I decided to enter a record of domestic dogs in Greenland as it occurred to me that some people have domestic dogs as research subjects. I ended up spending a bit of time looking at the global map of dogs and cats and marvelling at the diversity of individuals. More broadly, as wildlife/plant trade is a major vector of species introductions, I can also see that for some researchers it will be very useful to understand the distribution of people’s pets and plants.
This leads me to a feature request: can wild vs. captive/cultivated status be added as a filter to the search tool please? And maybe colour-code the records in the map differently for wild vs cultivated (and, actually, for wild-native vs wild-introduced). This would address the problem raised by @inspector_crow whereby the map including zoo individuals gives a false impression of the species’ true distribution. Another example: for a widely used ornamental such as Dracaena reflexa, the map would make it clear it is native to Madagascar and the Indian Ocean, rather than being apparently a cosmopolitan species (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&taxon_id=126510).