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  1. Evaluating the Behavior and Temperament of African Penguins in a Non-Contact Animal Encounter Program

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    | Contributor(s):: Sana T. Saiyed, Lydia M. Hopper, Katherine A. Cronin

    Animal ambassador programs are increasingly prevalent in zoos, yet few studies have investigated their impact on animal welfare. We assessed the effects of an ambassador program on the behavior of a colony (N = 15) of zoo-housed African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) and evaluated whether...

  2. How Does the Presence of a Live Animal Affect the Millennial Generation's Attitudes towards Zoos and Species Conservation?

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren E. Sommers

    Zoos and aquariums have unique opportunities to educate the public utilizing human-animal interactions. Many zoos claim success in educating their audiences and inspiring pro-conservation outcomes, but little research exists to confirm this. Existing research focuses on family members and...

  3. Testing and extending the pets as ambassadors hypothesis: the role of contact with pets and recategorization processes in predicting positive attitudes toward animals

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    | Contributor(s):: BÈatrice Auger, Catherine E. Amiot

    According to the pets as ambassadors hypothesis (Serpell & Paul, 1994), contact with pets can promote more positive attitudes toward animals in general and serve as a springboard toward concerns for a broader range of animals. Building on intergroup contact theory and the common ingroup...

  4. 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...