Zoos of the Future | Keith Lovett | TEDxNewBedford
Contributor(s):: Keith Lovett
Zoos historically have been beloved attractions where communities came to admire animals. Over the last decade more and more people have begun questioning the ethics of zoos. The zoos of the future have an important role in protecting wildlife, but they must evolve into centers for environmental...
Reinforcing Marine Conservation Messages: Case Study at the Houston Zoo
Contributor(s):: Heather L. Crane
The Houston Zoo has been involved in conservation efforts worldwide for many years. However, in 2015, the Houston Zoo pledged to make conservation its priority and improve upon the existing conservation programs. In 2015, the Houston Zoo developed partnerships with 28 conservation organizations...
May 24 2017
The Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference 2017
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...
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...
The role of zoos in educating visitors about conservation of wildlife and habitats: a design for Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, Kansas
Contributor(s):: Michelle Lynn McElroy
In the last 30 years there has been a shift toward educating people about conservation within zoos. Public learning about conservation of wildlife and habitats is vital if the extinction of wildlife is to be avoided. Zoos offer opportunities to educate visitors about habitat conservation through...
Risk behaviors for disease transmission among petting zoo attendees
Contributor(s):: M. McMillian, J.R. Dunn, J.E. Keen, K.L. Brady, T.F. Jones
To evaluate risk behaviors for transmission of zoonotic diseases at petting zoos during a period without a recognized disease outbreak. Observational survey with environmental microbiologic sampling. 6 petting zoos in Tennessee. Attendees were observed for animal and environmental contact, eating...
Orca Behavior and Subsequent Aggression Associated with Oceanarium Confinement
| 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...
Observation of public health risk behaviors, risk communication and hand hygiene at Kansas and Missouri petting zoos – 2010-2011
| Contributor(s):: Gonzalo Erdozain, Katherine KuKanich, Benjamin Chapman, Douglas A. Powell
Outbreaks of human illness have been linked to visiting settings with animal contact throughout developed countries. This paper details an observational study of hand hygiene tool availability and recommendations; frequency of risky behavior; and, handwashing attempts by visitors in Kansas (9)...
Is interactive technology a relevant and effective enrichment for captive great apes?
| Contributor(s):: Kim-McCormack, Nicky N. E., Smith, Carolynn L., Behie, Alison M.
Re-designing Dhaka Zoo
| Contributor(s):: Wafa Akhter
We grow up learning about animals. When we were young the sight of an elephant or monkey excited us and amused us. Then as we grow older life tends to be busy and slowly through the process we start forgetting about the animals that taught us about alphabets, the animals that played with us...
Animais solidários: a zooterapia como extensão universitária para idosos institucionalizados
| Contributor(s):: Gisele Dela Ricci, Carina Torelli, Maria de Fatima Martins, Thiago William de Almeida
This study aimed to introduce different animals into Vicente de Paulo Asylum quotidian, in Pirassununga city, State of São Paulo, through the lonely animals’ project of veterinary medicine and husbandry faculty of São Paulo State University, researching identify the best way...
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...
The Development of Animal Welfare in Finland and How People Perceive Animal Welfare : Case Study: Animals in Tourism: Zoos
| Contributor(s):: Suvi Laatu
The aim of the thesis was to study how Finnish people perceive animal welfare in general and how they feel about animals in tourism purposes, more specifically in zoos. The thesis also contains information about Finnish animal legislation and how animal welfare has developed over time. The target...
A Perspective on Zoos: Andreas Kaufmann at TEDxVilnius
| Contributor(s):: Andreas Kaufmann
Andreas has loved animals and nature since his early childhood, which he spent near the lowland forests, surrounded by farm animals and pets.But the zoos… he did not like them. So what turned him into taking a job… at a zoo?Andreas has been actively involved with wild animals,...
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...
The effects of enrichment on the physical and psychological health of two related species at the Toronto Zoo
| Contributor(s):: Sarah Malin
The cumulative effects of environmental destruction have resulted in the unavoidable need for captive animal institutions that house captive animals for a multitude of reasons. Regardless of the reason for placing these species in captivity, the physical and psychological health implications of...
Conservation or Exploitation? Assessing the Education Impact of Accredited Zoological Institutions
| Contributor(s):: Martina Kusiak
Zoological institutions, and the animals that inhabit them, have fascinated people since their inception. Over time, the mandates of zoos and aquariums have evolved and diversified beyond their sole anthropocentric focus on human entertainment. Today, zoological institutions have mandates to...
Sep 07 2016
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) 2016 Annual Conference
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...