Two Zoos Partner Up in Wildlife & Science Education Initiative for Students Across Australia and Papua New Guinea
January 12, 2023
‘Skul na Komuniti Save Projek’ (School and Community Citizen Science Project)
Students from 14 secondary schools in Australia and Papua New Guinea got to learn about bird biology and habitats, and develop scientific skills in data collection and analysis, thanks to this education initiative by Zoos Victoria and Port Moresby Nature Park. Teachers were also provided with lessons and resources so they can include wildlife conservation in the curriculum!
Exhibition at Irish Aquarium Highlights the Contributions of Marine Biodiversity to Medical Research
October 3, 2021
An exhibition at Galway Atlantaquaria is highlighting the contributions of marine biodiversity to medical research... Hosted by CÚRAM, Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Medical Devices, the exhibition provides examples of how marine wildlife has inspired medtech and therapies that are helping to fight diseases. The aquarium wants to show the visitors how dependent human health is on the marine environment, highlighting the importance and need to protect it!
Natur'Zoo de Mervent Receives Iberian Lynx Pair - First Non-Iberian Zoo to House the Species!
June 22, 2021
The Lynx ex-situ conservation programme has sent two Iberian lynx, Fruta and K5, to Natur'Zoo De Mervent in France - first zoo outside the Iberian Peninsula to house this species!
Both of them are surplus animals from the breeding programme, as Fruta's genes are now well represented in the population (21 cubs produced, 15 of those reintroduced in the wild) and K5 (her son) suffers from a genetic anomaly (cryptorchidism). They will now "retire" in the 2,600 m2 enclosure at the zoo, where they will be ambassadors for the species, helping to raise awareness and educate the public!
Lisbon Zoo to Launch Online Education Programme to Inform & Inspire the Public
January 29, 2021
Lisbon Zoo is about to launch the 2nd edition of "Clube da Natureza", an online education programme that aims to inform & inspire the public to have more sustainable and eco-friendly life styles.
WWF Portugal & FSC Portugal are some of the partners in this initiative, which will include educational presentations, activities and even prize giving at the end!
European Union's Global Coalition for Biodiversity Heavily Supported by Zoos & Aquariums
A global coalition has been launched by the European Commission, with the aim of raising awareness about the current biodiversity crisis and the importance of protecting it! The world zoo & aquarium community is already fiercely represented in this initiative, which is so far supported by the following zoo associations:
✔World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
✔European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA)
✔British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)
✔Iberian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AIZA)
✔Association of Zoological Gardens in German-speaking countries (VDZ)
✔French Association of Zoological Parks (AFdPZ)
"Which Fish?": EAZA's New Campaign Targets Over-Exploitation of World's Oceans
June 09, 2020
Did you now that 76% of world's fisheries are fully exploited or over-fished? The new EAZA "Which Fish?" campaign aims to encourage sustainable harvesting and consumption of fish resources - not only of resources used for human consumption but also for animal feed and collection planning.
Chester Zoo Creates New Game for Wildlife Lovers!
April 07, 2020
⚠️New Game for wildlife lovers, brought to you by Chester Zoo & Internet of Elephants!
"Think of it as the ‘Pokemon Go’ of wildlife. Wildeverse enables players to beam far away wild places to their own home using just their phone. With the game, you can track real wild animals and carry out real conservation challenges."
Chester Zoo Wins Award for their Education Programmes
July 27, 2019
Chester Zoo has won the Sandford Award for heritage education! This award is an independently judged assessment of education programmes in UK institutions and heritage sites, and this win further shows the impact zoos and aquariums can have on their visitors' education! Check out the other 2019 winners here.
Education Campaign By Lisbon Zoo & Cascais Council Educates the Public About Threats Wildlife is Facing!
July 11, 2019
In order to educate the public about some of the threats the world's wildlife is facing, Lisbon Zoo & Câmara Municipal de Cascais have set up an exhibition by the beach in Cascais, showing some of the world's threatened species, the dangers they are under and what people can do to help.
New Technology Takes Hospitalised Children to Virtual Tours Around the Zoo!
April 12, 2019
A robot has been created to allow hNew Technology Takes Hospitalised Children to Virtual Tours Around the Zoo!ospitalised children to visit Poznan Zoo (Poland) virtually! This device was created by the owner of a wildlife charity, Don Vittorio Foundation for Wild Animals, after his own son got sick. What a fantastic way to take the entertainment and education value of a zoo to children in need!
Zoos Victoria Working to Educate Visitors on Palm Oil Issues!
September 10, 2018
Palm oil plantations are a major cause of habitat destruction in Borneo and Sumatra, which is driving orangutans and other species to the brink of extinction. Zoos Victoria have been working to educate their visitors on the matter and change palm oil purchasing behaviour.
The EAZA Felid TAG's Demonstration Guidelines for Felids are now Available!
May 09, 2018
The EAZA Felid Tag has just released "Demonstration Guidelines" for felid species. If you/your zoo are involved in educational & entertaining public demonstrations of these animals (or you are just a cat enthusiast!), then these guidelines, provided by the EAZA experts on felids, are a must read!
Georgia Aquarium is Using App to Help Visitors Identifying Species
January 04, 2018
Education in action! Georgia Aquarium has developed an app that helps visitors identifying what species they are looking at, just by taking a picture of the animal. This technology has been, so far, a success among this aquarium's visitors.
Zoo de Córdoba Will House Pair of Iberian lynx and Join Education Programme for this Endangered Species
November 07, 2017
Zoo de Córdoba have announced they have started building an enclosure to house a pair of Iberian lynx. This endangered species was on the brink of extinction but integrated in-situ and ex-situ conservation efforts have boosted its populations. Animals that are unsuitable for the breeding and reintroduction programme are sent to zoos to help educating the community about the species and the threats it's facing. This pair of lynx will therefore be important ambassadors for the species and join the other ambassadors that are already doing their part at Zoobotánico Jerez, Lisbon Zoo, Zoo Aquarium de Madrid and Selwo Aventura.
Photo: Gamma and Azahar, pair of lynx at Lisbon Zoo
Chester Zoo Report Shows the Benefits of Volunteering in UK Zoos
September 30, 2017
Chester Zoo has recently published a report on the benefits of volunteering in UK zoos. The volunteers' health and wellbeing, knowledge and skills, personal development, connection with people and support and training are all positively affected by this experience.
Zoo-Supported Education Project is Helping to Improve Local Communities' Attitudes Towards Great Apes in Uganda
July 26, 2017
The Great Ape Education Project (GAEP), implemented in Uganda by North Carolina Zoo, in partnership with other zoos and institutions, aims to educate the local communities about the importance of great apes and the need to protect them.
A study, supported by this zoo and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, shows that this programme is increasing local students' knowledge on what they can do to protect these animals and their willingness to improve their practices, so they are less harmful to these animals and their habitat.
A good example of the involvement of zoos in in-situ conservation and education.
Lisbon Zoo: Combining Technology With An Outdoor Experience to Promote Education!
February 25, 2017
An interactive app, an outdoor experience with live animals and biological materials: these are the three ingredients of the educational programme at Lisbon Zoo.
Lifeliqe provides access to over 1000 interactive 3D models, which can be used to teach students about animal and plant anatomy and Earth sciences. Educators at this zoo take their students to see some of the animals there and then encourage them to (digitally) explore their anatomy, by using this app.
Two Iberian lynx Arrive at Madrid Zoo
July 21, 2016
Zoo Aquarium de Madrid has received two Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus). These two individuals are not suitable for reintroduction or to be part of the captive breeding programme. They will now be ambassadors for the species and help educating the public about their threatened status and all the work that is going on to save their species from extinction.
This zoo, together with Zoobotánico Jerez, Selwo Aventura and Lisbon Zoo, are the only zoos in the world with this species in their collection.
Chester Zoo: "Lend your eyes to the wild"
May 11, 2016
Chester Zoo (UK) has partnered with TRAFFIC (international wildlife trade monitor), Taronga Zoo (Australia) and San Diego Zoo (US) in a global initiative to fight wildlife trafficking.
Wildlife traffic is one of the main threats to many threatened species. This new campaign aims to ask the general public to help detecting & reporting any suspicious activities, through a new smartphone app: Wildlife Witness.
“There has currently been an unparalleled spike in illegal wildlife trade, the greatest direct threat to the future of many of the world’s most iconic species from rhinos and elephants to exotic birds. We want people to be the eyes and ears in the fight against illegal wildlife trade. They can report what they see through Wildlife Witness, a free smartphone app, that allows tourists and locals easily to report wildlife trade by taking a photo, pinning the exact location of an incident and sending these important details to TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network" said Dr. Shepherd, TRAFFIC's South-East Asia regional director.
Zoos can more easily, and quickly, reach high numbers of people - The three zoos involved, combined, have been visited by over 6.3 million people each year.
ZSL: Shaping education programmes in the field!
March 26, 2016
Rachel Haydon, senior learning manager at ZSL has spent a week in India, helping to develop educational activities in Gir Forest National Park. She has spent the week with staff from Sakkarbaug Zoo, suggesting ways of educating the public and raising environmental awareness.
This is part of ZSL's commitment to protect Asiatic lions in the wild, which are listed as "Endangered" in the IUCN Red List.
Ocelot Conservation Festival
March 20, 2016
The Ocelot Conservation Festival, in Texas, is a yearly event that aims to educate the local community and raise awareness about the last wild population of ocelots in the US.
Sihil, from Cincinnati Zoo, is a trained ocelot who has worked as an ambassador for her species her whole life, educating people and inspiring them to get involved in the conservation of her conspecifics in the wild. Although listed as "Least Concern" in the IUCN Red List, this species is federally endangered and in need of help.
Despite living in close proximity with ocelots, many people from this community, in south Texas, have never seen an ocelot before. Cincinnati Zoo provides them with an unique opportunity, by introducing them to Sihil.
Sihil was also introduced to the Border Patrol, as they work in areas where it is more likely to spot ocelots. It is vital they can correctly identify an ocelot so they can report their sightings - useful information for research and population estimates.
Zoos Go Blue For Autism!
March 12, 2016
Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited zoos are raising awareness for autism, and working to make a day at the zoo an educational and enriching experience for autistic children.
It has been published that interacting with domestic animals provides great benefits to autistic children, enhancing their social skills. Close encounters with zoo animals are expecting to have a similar, beneficial, effect.
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