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  1. Keeping Fish As Pets: Perceptions From Fish Owners In Nallur, Jaffna, Sri Lanka

    Contributor(s):: R. Gobiraj, P. Shobiya, K. Sivashanthini

    Fishkeeping is a popular hobby worldwide. Owning a fish pet and caring for its welfare is known as pet fish ownership. National and district-level information on pet fish ownership is limited. The present study aimed to collect basic information on owners’ perceptions of keeping pet fish...

  2. Marine Biota and Psychological Well-Being: A Preliminary Examination of Dose–Response Effects in an Aquarium Setting

    Contributor(s):: Deborah Cracknell, Mathew P. White, Sabine Pahl, Wallace J. Nichols, Michael H. Depledge

    Exposure to natural environments can have calming and stress-reducing effects on humans. Moreover, previous studies suggest that these benefits may be greater in areas with higher species richness. Our study took advantage of a “natural experiment” to examine people’s...

  3. Reviewing the role of aquaria as restorative settings: how subaquatic diversity in public aquaria can influence preferences, and human health and well-being

    Contributor(s):: Deborah L. Cracknell, Sabine Pahl, Mathew P. White, Michael H. Depledge

  4. The effects of interacting with fish in aquariums on human health and well-being: A systematic review

    Contributor(s):: Heather Clements, Stephanie Valentin, Nicholas Jenkins, Jean Rankin, Julien S. Baker, Nancy Gee, Donna Snellgrove, Katherine Sloman

  5. A Global Review of Animal–Visitor Interactions in Modern Zoos and Aquariums and Their Implications for Wild Animal Welfare

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    | Contributor(s):: Neil D’Cruze, Sophie Khan, Gemma Carder, David Megson, Emma Coulthard, John Norrey, Georgina Groves

    We provide an initial insight into the occurrence and characteristics of animal-visitor interactions (AVIs) involving captive wild animals within zoos and aquaria. Using information provided online via official public websites of modern zoos and aquaria, we found that AVIs were provided by the...

  6. Understanding Organizational Trust of Zoos and Aquariums

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    | Contributor(s):: Shelley J. Rank, John Voiklis, Rupanwita Gupta, John R. Fraser, Kate Flinner

    Zoos and aquariums (ZAs) play a pivotal role in wildlife conservation, including educating the public. Nevertheless, media depictions of ZAs that emphasize animal captivity may erode public trust. We report on the first systematic survey of organizational trust in ZAs, contrasting how people...

  7. An Examination of Intrinsic Existence Value Towards Wildlife of Columbus Zoo and Aquariums Tourists: Evaluating the Impact of Behind the Scenes Programming

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    | Contributor(s):: Robert Maxwell Lakes

    Changes in climate and the corresponding environmental issues are major concerns facing the world today. Human consumption, which is leading the rapid depletion of the earth’s finite resources and causing a dramatic loss of biodiversity, is largely to blame (Pearson, Lowry, Dorrian, &...

  8. Where Are Zoos Going—or Are They Gone?

    | Contributor(s):: Safina, Carl

    To some, zoos are prisons exploiting animals. In reality zoos range from bad to better. I make this distinction: A bad zoo makes animals work for it; a good zoo works for animals. Good zoos do effective conservation work and continually strive to improve exhibits, relevance to conservation, and...

  9. The welfare of ornamental fish in the home aquarium

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

  10. 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. 

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. Orca Behavior and Subsequent Aggression Associated with Oceanarium Confinement

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    | 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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. ...

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

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

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

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

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