tigers, Cougar Mountain Zoo, Zoos and Education
According to a 1992 survey, "an estimated 102 million people, more than attend professional football, baseball, and basketball games combined, visit 162 accredited North American zoos and aquariums each year" (2). People frequent zoos for a variety of reasons, from entertaining children for a few hours, to learning about the wildlife which inhabits their region and foreign places. Regardless of intent, once at the zoo, visitors are presented with a unique opportunity to learn about conservation and the plights of endangered species. It is the job of zoo directors, keepers, staff, and volunteers to get people thinking about conservation while having an enjoyable family outing. Zoos can furthermore be designed to feature activities and habitats that aid in both conservation and education. Conservation efforts at zoos cannot be effective without first getting people to the zoo and second keeping their interest in the animals. Both animals and people must be stimulated in order for interest to remain and conservation efforts to be effective.
Retallack, Lauren, "Smart Stimulation: Zoo Conservation for 21st Century Zoos" (2008). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 321.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Zoos; Wildlife conservation; Tiger--Conservation
student projects; term papers
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