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Conservation Group Helps Zoos and Aquariums “Show the Wild Face of Climate Change”

People often ask me what zoos and aquariums around the world are doing to promote climate issue awareness and to reduce their own carbon footprint. Since zoological facilities are deemed high profile stewards of nature and natural resources, the expectation has been that these living institutions should be at the forefront of the climate control…

Sperm Banking Revives Endangered Mexican Wolf

Earlier this week, the USFWS announced that a pregnant, captive born, female Mexican wolf reared at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo will be released next week into the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area of Arizona as a part of the Mexican wolf recovery effort in the United States. F1126, known as “Ernesta” to zoo staff, has been…

Opinion Piece: Copenhagen Zoo Could Put Zoos Out of Business

The Copenhagen Zoo may not know it yet, but like all other conservation-minded, live collection, natural history institutions (e.g. zoos, aquariums, marine parks, etc.), the zoo’s ultimate goal is to put themselves and other zoos out of business. Zoos often claim, and rightfully so, that they hope to one day restore a great majority of…

Tiger Expert Dr. Ron Tilson Leaves Great Legacy—But Great Cats’ Future To Be Determined

In reference to his favorite animals—tigers—Ron Tilson once said, “How can you not be fascinated by an animal like that?” Surely, we are all fascinated by the iconic tiger—the world’s largest cat and Asia’s most dominant, yet endangered predator. We are also fascinated by hard-working field biologists like Ron who have dedicated their lives to…

Former AZA Director/William Conway Chair of Conservation & Science Discusses the State of Zoos & their Future

Contributing Editor Dr. Jordan Schaul interviews his friend and colleague Dr. Michael Hutchins, one of the foremost experts on zoos in the world, to continue discussion about the future of zoos, related conservation breeding facilities and their role in global species preservation. Michael is the Director of Conservation and Science for Safari Professionals (SP), one…

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ 2nd Annual Green Summit

This week the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ (AZA) mid-year meeting is being held in Palm Springs, California and hosted by the Living Desert — an AZA accredited zoological facility in nearby Palm Desert. The Living Desert is dedicated to conserving flora and fauna native to desert biomes. As of September of 2011, the Living…