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  1. The welfare of ornamental fish in the home aquarium

    Contributor(s):: Chris Walster, Ellen Rasidi, Nick Saint-Erne, Richmond Loh

  2. The role of zoos and aquariums in education for a sustainable future

    Contributor(s):: Jan Packer, Roy Ballantyne

    This chapter explores visitors' environmental learning in zoos and aquariums, inclusive of narrative accounts that demonstrate the impact of such experiences in the lives of visitors regarding the process and outcomes. 

  3. Why we should not keep dolphins in aquariums: Taison Chang at TEDxXiguan

    Contributor(s):: Taison Chang

    Most people see the first dolphin in their lives at aquariums. Taison did too, and the love he felt towards this particular animal drove him into a position at Hong Kong Ocean Park many years later. Instead of feeling happy to be able to see and work with his favourite animals every day, he...

  4. Human-Animal Interactions at Zoological Institutions

    Contributor(s):: Christopher Marion

    Objective – To determine the preventive practices concerning zoonotic disease transmission between humans and animals in interactive exhibits at Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) accredited institutions. Data were also analyzed to determine if annual budget was associated with...

  5. Orca Behavior and Subsequent Aggression Associated with Oceanarium Confinement

    Full-text: Available

    | Contributor(s):: Robert Anderson, Robyn Waayers, Andrew Knight

    Based on neuroanatomical indices such as brain size and encephalization quotient, orcas are among the most intelligent animals on Earth. They display a range of complex behaviors indicative of social intelligence, but these are difficult to study in the open ocean where protective laws may...

  6. The importance of zoos : a three-fold look at conservation, education and animal husbandry in AZA-accredited zoological facilities

    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Richardson

    Zoological facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) play an important role in society. They provide a positive animal experience for guests while also offering a safe and healthy home to animals that would not otherwise be able to survive. AZA zoos and aquariums work...

  7. Understanding Visitor Motivations for Attending Fee-based Animal Encounter Programs

    | Contributor(s):: Sandra Huynh

    Education programs at zoos and aquariums provide opportunities for visitors to learn and garner information on animal natural history and, hopefully, conservation messaging. Fee-based programs (programs with an additional fee on top of admission prices), which are commonly employed by zoos and...

  8. Sep 07 2016

    Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) 2016 Annual Conference

    See you in San Diego!Be sure to save the date for the 2016 AZA Annual Conference, hosted by San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and SeaWorld San Diego, September 7-11. ...

    http://habricentral.org/events/details/446

  9. Family engagement at aquarium touch tanks -exploring interactions and the potential for learing

    | Contributor(s):: Rowe, Shawn, Kisiel, James, Davidsson, E., Jakobsson, A.

  10. Conservation education in free-choice learning environments: the effects of animals and interpretation

    | Contributor(s):: Eleanor Hodak

    With 150 million people visiting accredited zoos and aquariums annually, these institutions have the unique opportunity to present conservation-oriented messages to a large and receptive audience. The purpose of this study was to explore the role of interpretation and/or the viewing of live...

  11. Fish Therapy

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    | Contributor(s):: Eileen Bona

    This brief article discusses some of the findings of the impact of integrating fish into the therapeutic medium for different populations of people. It mentions research findings of the impacts of aquariums for alzheimer patients, dolphin assisted therapy for people with a variety of...

  12. Incorporation of Aquarium into Special Education Classroom goes Swimmingly: An Interview with Christine Holton

    12 Jan 2016 | Posted by Katie Carroll

    Two members of Christine Holton’s special education class receive a lot of extra attention from the other students.  These two members of the class help teach the students...

    http://habricentral.org/members/2412/blog/2016/01/incorporation-of-aquarium-into-special-education-classroom-goes-swimmingly-an-interview-with

  13. Opportunities for Public Aquariums to Increase the Sustainability of the Aquatic Animal Trade

    | Contributor(s):: Michael F. Tlusty, Andrew L. Rhyne, Les Kaufman, Michael Hutchins, Gordon McGregor Reid, Chris Andrews, Paul Boyle, Jay Hemdal, Frazer McGilvray, Scott Dowd

    The global aquatic pet trade encompasses a wide diversity of freshwater and marine organisms. While relying on a continual supply of healthy, vibrant aquatic animals, few sustainability initiatives exist within this sector. Public aquariums overlap this industry by acquiring many of the same...

  14. Aquarium Fish Medicine

    | Contributor(s):: Candace J. Carter, Mary Ann Nieves

    The keeping of ornamental fish may be the most popular animal-oriented hobby in the United States. One household in every three owns and cares for some type of pet fish. In 1985, approximately $200 million was spent on aquarium fish retail sales. An additional $289 million was spent on aquarium...

  15. How can surgeonfish help pediatric surgeons? A pilot study investigating the antinociceptive effect of fish aquariums in adult volunteers

    | Contributor(s):: Sanchez, Matthieu, Delpont, Marion, Bachy, Manon, Kabbaj, Reda, Annequin, Daniel, Vialle, Raphaël

  16. From Visit to Action: How Zoo Visitor Characteristics Influence Environmentally-Responsible Behavior

    | Contributor(s):: Stephanie Joseph

    Over the last 30 years, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums have shifted focus from recreation to become centers of research, conservation and education. As awareness of environmental issues increases, zoos around the world have stepped up the challenge of engaging their visitors in learning...

  17. Environmental enrichment for aquatic animals

    | Contributor(s):: Corcoran, M.

  18. Herpetological History of the Zoo and Aquarium World

    | Contributor(s):: Murphy, James B.

  19. Zoo and Aquarium History: Ancient Animal Collections to Zoological Gardens

    | Contributor(s):: Kisling, Vernon N.

  20. A study of the effects of pet ownership on mental health among community-dwelling senior citizens in northeast Tennessee

    | Contributor(s):: Southerland, E. Marie