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I was writing an essay, and when I finished it and read it, I thought that this sentence:

Zoos have always been the platform of wild animals to be shown to the public.

Is not idiomatic at all. But I don’t know a better way to put it.

Any suggestions?

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You could say:

Zoos have always been the platform for wild animals to be shown to the public.

This is grammatically acceptable, but it is still wrong - there are other ways of showing wild animals to the public, e.g. wild life parks, game reserves, national parks. So you may wish to amend this sentence to something like:

Zoos have always been the main platform for wild animals to be shown to the public.

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The suggestion by James to use for is correct and is also the least "invasive" change. But there are a number of ways to restate your sentence.

Zoos have always been the platform for wild animals to be shown to the public.

In speech you could empasize the and pronounce it like "thee"; in writing you can italicize to indicate such prosody:

Zoos have always been the platform for wild animals to be shown to the public.

Emphasizing the in that manner has the meaning "the preferred platform" or "the most widely used platform".

You could also say:

Zoos have always been the platform for showing wild animals to the public.

Zoos have always been the platform to show wild animals to the public.

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