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Zoos. Animals in Society G. Robert Weedon, DVM, MPH. “In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” Baba Dioum. Zoos. More than 134 Million people visit zoos in the US and Canada every year

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Week 12 zoos

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Week 12 zoos

Zoos

Animals in Society

G. Robert Weedon, DVM, MPH

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“In the end we will conserve

only what we love,

we will love only

what we understand,

and we will understand

only what we are taught.”

Baba Dioum

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Zoos

  • More than 134 Million people visit zoos in the US and Canada every year

  • The AZA accredits 214 zoos and aquariums in the US and Canada

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Zoos

  • What is the AZA?

  • AZA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation

http://www.aza.org

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Zoos

  • What purpose do zoos serve?

  • Most people cite two main purposes:

  • Education

  • Entertainment

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Exhibition

Exhibition

  • Taxonomy (birds, reptiles, mammals, etc)

  • Biomes showcase the shared characteristics of a group of inhabitants

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Exhibition

  • One of the most important new concepts is to carefully reproduce the animals’ natural habitat as closely as possible

  • Even exhibits with bars are homes for animals

  • Today’s zoos and aquariums are eliminating older facilities and developing modern ones

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Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Zoos are fun!

  • Even though they have serious responsibilities in today’s world, by the very nature of their being, they provide enjoyment and a unique experience for people of all ages

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Entertainment

  • Critics say that zoo visitors only spend a few minutes at each display, seeking entertainment rather than enlightenment

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Education

Education

  • Imparting a sense of responsibility to be stewards of the planet

  • Each display has information on the inhabitants of that display

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Education

  • Animals are a universal language and appeal to people throughout the world

  • Zoos allow people to experience animals firsthand as fascinating, wonderful creatures—alive and meaningful

  • People can read about animals, or see them in films, but nothing replaces the living breathing creature

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Research

Research

  • Zoos contribute a significant amount of information through their commitment to the conservation and care of wildlife through a number of ongoing research projects

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Research

  • Zoos and aquariums have pioneered breeding programs for many endangered species:

  • Asiatic Wild Horse

  • Pere David’s Deer

  • Hawaiian Goose

    Would all be extinct today if there were no captive breeding programs

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Conservation

Conservation

If I asked you to name an organization committed to wildlife conservation, what would you say?

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Conservation

  • No zoo, aquarium or botanical garden is an alternative to native habitats; however, these institutions have become the last refuge for some plants and animals

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Conservation

  • Up until 1800 one mammalian species vanished every 55 years

  • From1800 through 1900, one mammalian species vanished each 18 months

  • From 1900 until today, one mammalian species vanished each 12 months

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Roadside zoos

Roadside Zoos

  • PeTA refers to zoos as “Pitiful Prisons”

  • Small roadside “zoos” fall far short of providing even the basic necessities of life to the animals in their collection

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Zoochosis

Zoochosis

  • Abnormal, self-destructive behavior

  • Results from close confinement, lack of privacy, and little opportunity for mental stimulation or physical exercise

  • Repeated head bobbing, biting cage bars, and pacing, as well as self-destructive behavior such as self-mutilation

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Saturday schedule

Saturday Schedule

  • Meet in Lot T across Reynolds Dr. from Dobo

  • We will depart promptly at 7:00 AM

  • Arrive at Zoo around 11:00 AM

  • Tour Zoo Hospital and Rehab Center

  • Tour the Zoo—Lunch while there

  • Depart at 5:00 PM

  • Quick dinner stop on return trip

  • Back to Campus by 10:00 PM

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Next week

Next Week

  • Next week enjoy your Easter Break!

  • March 20th we will discuss animals in agriculture

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Announcements

Announcements

Class dinner Thursday March 27

Buffalo Wild Wings

Friends of Felines Spay-A-Thon

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This weeks words of wisdom

This weeks Words of Wisdom

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. 

Confucius

It's practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry. 

Joe Moore

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

Harriet Beraiker

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