How do zoos and aquariums contribute towards a more educated and environmentally-aware society?
Formal classes & lectures
International Zoo Educators Association
Photo: Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa (Lisbon Zoo)
"The IZE is an association dedicated to expanding the educational impact of zoos and aquariums worldwide. All of our members are guided by a common mission: to improve the education programs in the facilities of its members, to provide access to the latest thinking, techniques, and information in conservation education and to support excellence in animal care and welfare."
WAZA Education Strategy
"Through its set of recommendations, Social Change for Conservation: The World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Education Strategy guides zoos and aquariums to achieve educational and social outcomes crucial to their organisational mission"
"Studies have shown that AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums enhance the public’s understanding of wildlife and the need to conserve the places animals live."
"Education at EAZA zoos and aquariums is not just about sharing knowledge of the natural world: it’s about involving people in conservation, and helping them form connections that will benefit not only animals and their habitats, but also help people to learn more about themselves. "
"Each year Australasian zoos and aquariums connect 22 million people with wildlife, fostering a love for our world's species and educating people about positive actions to help save them."
"The ASMP manages animal populations for protection against extinction, release to the wild, conservation research and community education."