"Saving zoos, their science and conservation impact, from extinction" by Dr. Rose & Dr. Riley
April 6, 2021
In a new perspective piece in Current Conservation, Dr. Paul Rose & Dr. Lisa Riley discuss the importance of zoo research & conservation and why these must be saved from the serious impacts of COVID-19!
"How data can help save species" by Species 360's Director of Science Dr. Conde
December 2, 2021
“(...) we can use this data [from zoos & aquariums] to understand demography, birth rates, and mortality rates. Even if they're captive populations, they can bring a lot of information for wild populations.”.
"Progressive zoos and aquariums must be part of the world’s response to COVID-19" by WAZA's CEO Dr. Zordan
January 13, 2021
“(...) With this huge and growing audience, we nurture strong relationships with the wider public. We foster love for animals and advocate for them to have their habitats protected. Where science often struggles to find the words to engage people, zoos and aquariums bridge the gap. (...)".
"Rhino Conservation in Zoos" By Save the Rhino International
May 26, 2020
How do zoos support rhino conservation? Save the Rhino International supports 25 field programmes for wild rhinos and is partnered with over 30 zoos. In this article, they discuss the role of zoos in rhino conservation, from breeding programmes to research and support to in-situ conservation.
"How zoos and aquariums can help save 1 million species from extinction" by American Humane's CEO
May 15, 2019
The recently released U.N. report further highlighted the massive impact we are having on the planet and the danger world's biodiversity is in. Modern zoos and aquariums may be the last hope for the conservation of many of the species that are in risk... Have a look at this opinion article by the CEO of the American Humane.
Jane Goodall Honoured to be Part of Zoo Community!
May 07, 2019
On top of telling the new generation of conservationists they can make a difference for wildlife, Jane Goodall has also spoken about the importance of zoos!
"Dr Goodall said she was honoured by the dedication and to be a part of the zoo's community, especially as zoos, such as Taronga, were "playing a major part in conservation efforts and education"."
"The animals who live a better life in the zoo than the wild" by Auckland Zoo's Director
March 13, 2019
Auckland Zoo's Director, Kevin Buley, explains why captivity doesn't necessarily mean miserable animals, and that, as habitats in the wild suffer under human pressure, some animals live better lives in the zoo than they would in the wild.
"The importance of zoos" by ZSL's Director General
March 01, 2019
Another opinion article on the vital role of modern zoos in fighting extinction, by ZSL's Director General, Dominic Jermey. This comes after four Northern Bald Ibis were sent from ZSL London Zoo to Spain, for reintroduction into the wild, as part of an ex-situ project that is returning this species to its former range.
"Why zoos should be considered social enterprises" by Wellington Zoo's Chief Executive
May 01, 2018
"Good zoos inspire and collaborate to transform the world we live in for people, animals and the planet. " these are the words of Karen Fifield, Wellington Zoo's Chief Executive, in her article about the great importance of zoos in modern society.
"A ban on captive animals could speed up extinction"
March 30, 2018
Zoos have saved many species and are currently the last hope for many others that are in risk of extinction. Dr. Laura Graham, the director of WRG Conservation, explained why the contribution of zoos to conservation is of vital importance.
The Death of Sudan & Zoos' Vital Role in the Conservation of Remaining Rhino Species & Subspecies
March 23, 2018
The world cried the death of Sudan, which brought the northern white rhino subspecies one step closer to extinction. Other rhino species and subspecies are threatened with extinction, and zoos have a vital role to play in their conservation. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's director, Dr. Chris Kuhar discussed how zoos can support conservation efforts while educating their many visitors.
Species360's Director of Science Discussed the Importance of Biodiversity Databases and the Role of Zoos in Them!
March 19, 2018
Dr. Conde, Species360 - Global Information Serving Conservation's Director of Science, explained the importance of using biodiversity databases to organise relevant data and make it more accessible to researchers. Dr. Conde also encouraged the inclusion of data collected by zoos and the increase of partnerships between institutions, in order to optimise wildlife conservation efforts.
Photo: Copenhagen Zoo
Interview to Chester Zoo's former director, by Zoophoria
March 04, 2018
What is like to direct one of the most popular and conservation-focussed zoos in the world? Zoophoria interviewed Chester Zoo's former director, Dr. McGregor Reid, and talked about his story, acomplishments and the challenges he had to face while directing the world-famous zoo.
"Zoos lead fight to save endangered species" by Crowther & Ashe.
September 12, 2017
Mike Crowther and Dan Ashe, CEOs of the Indianapolis Zoological Society and AZA, respectively, highlight the vital role of modern zoos in protecting endangered species:
"Today’s zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums have accepted a leadership role in preserving Earth’s tapestry for today and for future generations. And that leadership challenge is not a burden. It is a joy"
Director of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Discusses Their Involvement in Wildlife Conservation
August 14, 2017
The Executive Director for Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Dr. Chris Kuhar, discussed the involvement of this zoo in wildlife conservation and environmental education. Every year, this zoo does around $600.000 worth of conservation work.
"Accredited zoos and aquariums (...) are investing more and more every year into conservation. Zoos aren't just about having a fun experience with animals. They are, but we have a greater mission that we're really dedicated to" Dr. Kuhar said.
"Why the world needs zoos" by Queen Mary University of London's Dr. Hone
August 01, 2017
Dr. Hone, lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, explains in this article why we need zoos! With so many species threatened with extinction and even common ones declining in the wild, zoos work to ensure these species won't permanently disappear. When in-situ conservation efforts fail or are not quick enough to avoid extinction, there is a captive population that can be used for reintroduction, like it has happened with several species in the past!
"Why the world needs (good) zoos more than ever" by Taronga Conservation Society
July 01, 2017
Our wildlife is in danger and needs as much help as we can get. This article by Taronga Zoo emphasises what we have been preaching here at The Zoo Scientist: Zoos provide an undeniable and vital support to wildlife conservation.
Zoo Veterinarians Explain Why Zoos Are Agents of Conservation and No Longer Just for Entertainment!
June 28, 2017
Zoos are agents of conservation and no longer just for entertainment: this is the opinion of many zoo veterinarians, who, together with many other zoo professionals, dedicate their lives to wildlife conservation and to the welfare of the animals under their care.
The Importance of Zoos for Wildlife, by Calgary Zoo's CEO
March 30, 2017
"In a perfect world, zoos wouldn’t need to exist. Sadly, with animal populations crashing and habitats disappearing, zoos and aquariums have become the last refuge for many species."
Dr. Clement Lanthier, CEO at The Calgary Zoo explains the importance of zoos for animal populations and their habitats.
Wildlife Needs Zoos and so Do We! Nine Reasons Why Zoos Are So Important, by Perth Zoo!
February 02, 2017
Still unsure whether zoos are necessary or not? This article by Perth Zoo may help you decide, as they give nine reasons why world's wildlife strongly depends on the work of zoos.
"We will apologise for our history, but not our future. Today, good zoos are local and global conservation agencies, modern day arks in an age of unprecedented extinction."
San Antonio Zoo Responds to Anti-Zoo Article
November 12, 2016
San Antonio Zoo has responded to an anti-zoo article that has been published in a student-run newspaper for an university, by explaining the important role of modern zoos in the world.
"To allow misinformation to go unchecked is not only dangerous, but would be irresponsible to our planet and to the mission of the San Antonio Zoo and all other accredited zoos and aquariums." Tim Morrow said, CEO at San Antonio Zoo.
Photo: © Edward A. Ornelas /San Antonio Express-News
Eight Reasons Why Zoos Are Good For Conservation, By James Borrell
October 11, 2016
Conservation biologist and science communicator James Borrell has given his opinion about zoos, providing us with eight reasons why they are good for conservation!
"Would I rather have a species in captivity, than not at all? One hundred times, yes." he said.
Find out what his eight reasons to support zoos are in the link below.
Dr. Jane Goodall Recognises the Importance of Modern Zoos!
October 08, 2016
Dr. Jane Goodall, famous conservationist and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, was asked about her views on modern zoos, during the IUCN's World Conservation Congress. She said modern zoos are committed to the welfare of the chimpanzees (and other animals) under their care, and, considering the threats they face in the wild, sometimes they are better off in a zoo.
She said: "there is a mistaken belief that animals in their natural habitat are, by definition, better off. Not true, necessarily."
Photo: © Michael Nichols
"Studying Zoo Animals: Why It's Worth the Effort" by Paul Rose
September 21, 2016
"Studying zoo animals: why it's worth the effort" (Current Conservation, volume 10, page 20). Paul Rose, BIAZA Research Committee's member and a researcher in animal behaviour and welfare, explains why zoo animals are so important for research and conservation.
Sir David Attenborough Says Zoos Are Important for Conservation, Research & Education!
August 03, 2016
Sir David Attenborough was asked, at the 70th anniversary event of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, what are his views on the importance of zoos for conservation and education. He replied that zoos do invaluable research on their animals,which wouldn't be possible otherwise, allow people of all ages to see the reality of live animals, and are crucial for captive breeding and reintroduction programmes - which are challenging and not the solution for all problems, but have, nonetheless, saved species.
© Photo by ZSL
Lemur Conservation Network Explains the Importance of Zoos to Lemur Conservation.
June 14, 2016
The Director of Lemur Conservation Network, Corey Romberg, has said zoos play a vital role in the conservation of lemurs.
By managing captive breeding programmes, providing financial and technical support to in-situ conservation projects and educating the public/raising awareness, zoos are helping to ensure there is a future for all lemur species.
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