Zoos in the 21st Century: Catalysts for Conservation?

Zoos in the 21st Century: Catalysts for Conservation?

by Alexandra Zimmermann

A team of leading thinkers and practioners define a conservation vision for zoos and aquaria in this 2007 book.See more details below


A team of leading thinkers and practioners define a conservation vision for zoos and aquaria in this 2007 book.

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Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
Conservation Biology Series, #15
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Meet the Author

Alexandra Zimmermann is Manager of Chester Zoo's Conservation Department (UK) and DPhil student at Oxford University. Her main research interest is in human-wildlife conflicts and she has founded and managed community-based conflict management programmes for jaguars in Brazil (with WCS) and Asian elephants in Assam, India.

Matthew Hatchwell has worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society since 1986, in New York, the Republic of Congo, Madagascar, and now in the United Kingdom as the WCS European Coordinator. In Madagascar, he was instrumental in the creation of Masoala National Park and in developing the relationship between the national park and Zoo Zürich.

Lesley Dickie is the Zoo Conservation Officer of the Zoological Society of London and is developing new auditing processes to fully collate the conservation activities of the Living Collections with respect to the mission of the ZSL. Her main research and conservation interests are in the biodiversity of Madagascar, with particular regard to the conservation role of European zoos on the island.

Chris West is CEO of the Royal Zoological Society of South Australia and Professor of Zoology, Adelaide University. Previously Zoological Director at ZSL, his interests range from good management practice for the conservation impact of zoos, sound ethical frameworks and welfare standards, as well as conservation medicine, and political leadership to link conservation with human and sustainable environmental development, the last being explored locally in Australia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Foreword Achim Steiner; Part I. Zoos Entering the Twenty-First Century: 1. Introduction: is there a conservation role for zoos in a natural world under fire? Chris D. West and Lesley A. Dickie; 2. Entering the 21st century William Conway; 3. How do national and international regulations and policies influence the role of zoos and aquaria in conservation? Bengt Holst and Lesley A. Dickie; Part II. The Challenge of Changing Behaviour: 4. Conservation education in zoos: an emphasis on behavioral change Eleanor Sterling, Jimin Lee and Tom Wood; 5. Inspiration for conservation: moving audiences to care John A. Gwynne; 6. Attitudes and attitude change among zoo visitors Richard P. Reading and Brian J. Miller; 7. The animal rights-conservation debate: can zoos and aquariums play a role? Michael Hutchins; 8. Creating a culture of conservation: a case study of a backyard approach Beth Stevens, Jackie Ogden and Kim R. Sams; 9. Message received? Quantifying the impact of informal conservation education on adults visiting UK zoos Andrew Balmford, Nigel Leader-Williams, Georgina M. Mace, Andrea Manica, Olivia Walter, Chris West and Alexandra Zimmermann; Part III. Establishing Connections Between Zoos and the Wild: 10. Animal ambassadors: an analysis of the effectiveness and conservation impact of ex-situ breeding efforts Anne Baker; 11. Re-introductions from zoos: a conservation guiding light or a shooting star? Mark R. Stanley Price and John E. Fa; 12. Research by zoos Dan Wharton; 13. Conservation medicine John C. M. Lewis; 14. The Masoala rainforest: a model partnership in support of in situ conservation in Madagascar Matthew Hatchwell and Alex Rübel; 15. In situ and ex situ conservation: blurring the boundaries between zoos and the wild Lesley A. Dickie, Jeffrey P. Bonner and Chris D. West; 16. Beyond the ark: conservation biologists' views of the achievements of zoos in conservation Nigel Leader-Williams, Andrew P. Balmford, Matthew Linke, Georgina M. Mace, Robert J. Smith, Miranda Stevenson, Olivia Walter, Chris D. West and Alexander Zimmermann; Part IV. Direct Involvement of Zoos in in situ Conservation: 17. Zoo-based fundraising for in situ wildlife conservation Sarah Christie; 18. The Madagascar Fauna Group: what zoo cooperation can do for conservation Lee Durrell, David E. Anderson, Andrea S. Katz, Dean Gibson, Charles R. Welch, Eva L. Sargent and Ingrid Porton; 19. Zoo coalitions for conservation David A. Field and Lesley A. Dickie; 20. The conservation mission in the wild: zoos as conservation NGOs Alexandra Zimmermann and Roger Wilkinson; 21. Measuring conservation success: assessing zoos' contribution Georgina M. Mace, Andrew Balmford, Nigel Leader-Williams, Andrea Manica, Olivia Walter, Chris D. West and Alexandra Zimmermann; 22. The future of zoos Matthew Hatchwell, Alex Rübel, Lesley A. Dickie, Chris D. West and Alexandra Zimmermann; Bibliographic resource: zoos and conservation Scott Wilson and Alexandra Zimmermann.

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