I served as a docent at our local AZA-accredited zoo for about 5 years and enjoyed it immensely. Amazing information!!! However, as a dinosaur fact-infused youngster, I had little interest in the bones of impressive-looking but still not so interesting extinct mammals of North America that were in the room next to the mammal-like reptiles. ", The more interactive we docents were with the visitors, the more they learned, and the more they enjoyed their visit. A good exhibit will have features that allow animals to "come off display" as it were. Your obvious hard work having paid off and I vote up plus share. Introduction to living animals, ecology, and conservation topics, Captive animal holding facilities for wildlife that needs rehabilitation, Zoo camps that offer educational talks, introduction to animal husbandry, A prospective way to study animals that are elusive or hard to study in the wild, Potential to inspire a future career with animals, Studies on captive animals can assist researchers doing field work. Millions of people attend zoos every day and 'real' exotic pets are highly uncommon in households. What's your opinion? Speaking of dinosaurs, one argument by the anti-zoo side is that children are perfectly capable of learning about animals without seeing them, hence their natural understanding of the large extinct reptiles. But Marino makes sound points. However, many zoos are not so exemplary, and the experience they present is little better than exploitation and entertainment, with no educational value whatsoever. Zoo animals aren't provided with space they need to roam and exercise and lead healthy lives. I'll definitely be doing this with my own children when they're old enough. Are you the original author? Natural enclosures are also more attractive. “Zoos are educational” “Zoos inspire generations of children to care about wildlife and conservation—many sources claim. Great hub, voted up, pinned and shared. Whether it inspired greater appreciation for their welfare is hard to say, but i don't believe it detracted from it. 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. When an interesting animal is actually moving and behaving (educational opportunity) crowds are likely to become even more congested in that area. Zoos like to claim that they are doing important work by helping to conserve endangered species. This means saving a species that is endangered, (One reason might be from the terrible ways animals were "harvested" at the turn of the 19th century, mainly, most not even surviving the boat ride back to the US and Europe and lack of knowledge about their reproduction and survival) A whole chimp colony might die trying to defend the couple of babies that people like Frank Buck and others stole from the mothers they killed. 2000- “Factors Influencing Zoo Visitors’ Conservation Attitudes and Behavior” (Jeffrey S. Swanagan), 2004-“Effects of a Conservation Education Camp Program on Campers’ Self-Reported Knowledge , Attitude and Behavior” (Cara K. Krus and Jaclyn A. You make some good points and I agree with your idea for zoos being used as tools, especially for children. Exhibits that are routinely visited by speakers who can talk to visitors. Zoos claim one of their main benefits is conservation. Zoos are definitely educational as well as being fun. There is huge potential for an educational footprint to be created by these 1300 killer whales live longer in captivity). The result is euthanasia of many lions, or selling many off to seedy parking lot "shows", same as the dolphins, many are sold to chinese business men who open up a fourth rate sea world with inadequate depth and condition and depth and temperature of water, same with other animals, like the murdered giraffe. Many zoos offer some of the most presentable and entertaining means of introducing children (and adults) to scientific concepts, but this will only go so far in cementing more nutritive information to the less enthusiastic crowd and adults who think zoos exist mainly as children’s entertainment and 'tune out' during their visit. His markings allow him to blend in with his surroundings, making it more difficult for predators, and people, to find him. I used matched pre‐ and postvisit mixed methods questionnaires to investigate the educational value of zoo visits for children aged 7–15 years. Zoos have an unfortunate record in conservation and research. The information about the amount of time spent at an exhibit is interesting. We were lucky enough to have "breakfast with the Orang-utans", it was amazing to be so close to these wonderful animals. [Z]oos are only just beginning to seriously evaluate . I would caution a zoo enthusiast from highly regarding studies or claims that zoos are inferior forms of education when they originate from sources who have their minds made up that zoos are moral crimes. They present numerous opportunities for children's educational programs and adults alike. And yes, some people do have a natural desire to want to experience animals up close, and owning them is the ultimate experience in this regard. Or is it a cleverly masked and legalized version of trafficking them. Plesiosaurus-type animals are also not dinosaurs. However, most of the species kept in zoos are not endangered—so why are they there? But in most cases, exhibits will be briefly viewed before the visitor moves on until something interesting catches their eye. Martin Anthony Lazzaro November 29, 2015 at 2:48 am. In fact, most nature centers, private animal holding facilities, and aquariums will boast about their educational value whenever their existence is challenged. Pterosaur are flying reptiles that evolved separately from birds, and they aren't dinosaurs because that term applies to animals descended from the orders Saurischia and Ornithischia. As part of the research the chil­dren were asked to draw their favourite ani­mals and habi­tats before and after their trip to the zoo. First a chinchilla, then a prairie dog. I can only imagine the awe I would experience to see those animals in the flesh however. Good hub. Smaller nature centers may not be thought of as 'zoos', but that is exactly what they are when they maintain captive animal collections, which can prove to be an integral draw of visitor interest. The discussion of the educational value of zoos at the PAWS meeting was very interesting. 50% of zoo visitors are children. Congratulations on your Hubpot award. Visitors believe zoos and aquariums play an important role in conservation education and that when they experience a stronger connection to nature, are prompted to reconsider their role in environmental problems and conservation action and see themselves as part of the solution as a result of their visit. Zoos claim to provide educational opportunities, but most visitors spend only a few minutes at each display, seeking entertainment rather than enlightenment. Some people continued to say that going to a zoo was educational, whereas others, including those who work for zoos, claimed there are no data that show this is the case. You don't always get to see the animals up close, but as an adult, you recognize that that just makes it more natural for the animal. Despite the different names, each offers visitors the chance to view animals that are confined in an enclosure. This sounds about right. Whenever I have arranged a field trip, or taken my children for a day trip, we have prepared by focusing on one animal or group of animals (Animals from Africa, or Animal that live under the ground). The discussion of the educational value of zoos at the PAWS meeting was very interesting. Although the study may be valid in concluding that 62% children on a trip to the zoo are not more educated on animals after leaving, I do not think it gives reason to shut down zoos. A pencil compass can be used to poke holes into a sheet of paper by a bored student, or it can assist teaching the student about the degrees present in a circle, plus the concept of circumference and diameter. Zoos (including aquariums) exist worldwide and are visited by millions of people annually. Yvette Stupart PhD from Jamaica on March 31, 2014: Thanks for your insightful hub on the educational value of zoos. We'd learn that people subsequently donated to various animal advocacy groups, joined a rescue or shelter group, wrote letters supporting or condemning certain situations, etc. Zoos go by several different official names. I have great memories of visiting the zoo as a kid with other students from my school! Shashank Nakate states that people do not visit zoos for educational … “Tiger map” (CC BY 2.5) by Sander­son et al., 2006. Samantha Chapnick (CC BY-ND 2.0) Via Flickr. This was the first study done to evaluate the educational impact zoos have on children (ages 7-15.) 50% of zoo visitors are children. Tracie Bruno from Delaware on March 31, 2014: You should create some hubs based on you knowledge of prehistoric animals. A popular peer-reviewed study that addresses the educational impact of zoos is this one; Why Zoos & Aquariums Matter: Assessing the Impact of a Visit to a Zoo or Aquarium, which was published in 2007. But modern zoos … We can recognize the importance that foraging has with many animals for their mental well-being. A speaker should be present to expect real benefit. Luckily, operant conditioning techniques utilizing positive reinforcement work wonderfully for any animal (here is a video of me training a spotted genet with the same method Seaworld and others use). Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on March 30, 2014: Very well researched article, showing both sides of the issue. Though it cannot be applied to all the visitors in all countries, it still indicates that zoos don't necessarily have educational value … It’s hard for a person to consider that zoos might be beneficial for human education when they are fixated on the idea that animals in zoos are suffering and living an abysmal existence. Melissa cares for a variety of exotic animals and has completed a certificate in veterinary assisting and a bachelor's degree in biology. Zoos are the ultimate in interdisciplinarianism. While there are still some roadside menageries that ought not to exist, there are many fine zoos that are educating the public as they themselves learn more about the animals. Fundraising. . about zoos and their mis­sion regard­ing breed­ing endan­gered species, nature con­ser­va­tion, bio­di­ver­sity and edu­ca­tion, which of course relates to the evo­lu­tion of species. Or, sometimes they'd be inside. Personally, I still have great memories of visiting the zoo in Wellington New Zealand when I was young. He determined that “officials should stop kidding themselves about the tremendous educational value of showing an animal behind a glass wall.” 9. Zoos are essentially living museums, and zoo detractors often forget this. Enrichment for an orangutan at the National Zoo, 'highways' where they can travel across the area. Does the presence of living animals present learning opportunities? It is estimated by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, through collaborations with other associations that more than 700 million people annually visit zoos and aquariums, this accounts for nearly 10% of the world’s population (Gusset & Dick, 2011). I am sure it is very stressful for the animals to be forcefully removed from their natural habitats.. and the same educational value could be found by watching National Geographic Explorer or similar programming.. In fact, most nature centers, private animal holding facilities, and aquariums will boast about their educational value whenever their existence is challenged. Maria Giunta from Sydney, Australia on March 31, 2014: On a recent holiday we visited Singapore Zoo (an open-style zoo). Great hub and great comment stream! Can we learn about animals that are living in a confined, captive environment? Conservation, research and education are not their primary goals, making it impossible to term zoos as research or education organisations. The truth about the educational value of zoos is that no one can really understand the impact they are having on a quantifiable level. Zoos try to hide the cruelty of captivity behind a mask of “education for conservation”. Such a zoo trip can be con­sid­ered an edu­ca­tional value in addi­tion to books or class­room teaching. Lesson Number One: Natural Habitats. Make no mistake that it is also my belief that education (and conservation) is not worth animal suffering, but I do not consider captivity synonymous with suffering. impact, they should demonstrate a substantial impact. So what have we learned? The increase in learn­ing when the zoo visit was sup­ple­mented by an edu­ca­tional pre­sen­ta­tion by zoo staff, com­pared to self-​guided visits. Wow one brilliant hub Melissa ;you are indeed one amazing writer. No, not enough. I also interviewed the head of the Manila Zoo. The truth about the educational value of zoos is that no one can really understand the impact they are having on a quantifiable level. No nature documentary or picture book can compete with a live exotic animal visit in grabbing a child's attention, I believe. But given the ethical dilemmas surrounding their business, they should really have an interest in providing solid evidence to show they can offer added educational value above and beyond what biology teachers can do with modern media at school. An older woman visiting the center seemed enthralled by the animal, gazing at it for an extended period while I unenthusiastically engaged her, not finding tortoises very interesting (being a reptile owner). Recent research shows that a trip to the zoo can sub­stan­tially enhance the knowl­edge of chil­dren about sci­ence and con­ser­va­tion of wildlife. Zoos drag millions of promising unique brains through their trails each day and may inspire a future herptologist, zoologist, or conservationist. Despite the unnatural appearance of common enrichment devices, thoughtful minds can deduce that these objects are mere substitutions for natural features. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on March 30, 2014: Yes, many animals feel secure in the environments that they are used to. Marius the Giraffe and Killing Zoo Animals—The Big Picture, How to Make Zoo Trips Educational for Children. In addition to a zoo being a fun and safe place to learn, there are at least five reasons zoos are effective educational tools for formal learning: The animals are real! The learning is active, outside the confines of four walls. Most zoo enclosures are very small, and rather than promoting respect for or understanding of animals, signs often provide little more information than an animal’s species, diet, and natural range. Should Zoos Exist? Great job. No matter how accurately zoos attempt to recreate habitats, they will never be natural. Another factor that certainly adds to brief viewing times (in my experience) are the crowds, and the general politeness of allowing the hoards of people behind you a chance to see on crowded days. The information is from NGO PETA Latino. Having animals perform is not cruel in nature, but using cruel methods to get animals to perform is. If you're like me, the answer is actually yes. With exhibits about dinosaurs, I generally scanned the bare bones until famous recognizable species appeared (T-rex, triceratops), and even upon seeing these, I didn't read the written information. There are different types of zoos with different structures of ownership, ethics, and educational value and therefore wildly different practices when it comes to animal husbandry. I don’t recall spending too much time at each of these displays as a child either. I, too, found the "time spent at each exhibit" curious. As children walk around the zoo, they are exposed to words and concepts. Based on the essential species-specific enrichment that animals need such as walking space for elephants, foraging cubes for monkeys, and even hamster wheels for rodents, we can deduct how that species lives in the wild. I vividly recall volunteering at a nature center about 40 minutes outside of the New York City area. The draw­ings were analysed and about half of the ten-​year-​olds showed a real improve­ment in the draw­ings, includ­ing a higher amount of ani­mals placed in the cor­rect habi­tat and the use of cor­rect sci­en­tific terms such as ‘canopy’ and ‘rain­for­est’. This is not technically the zoo's fault, but it certainly hampers educational impact. Do zoos unfairly hold exotic animals captive for the sake of educational value? Enjoy your day. 12, 2018 — Most of us think of zoos and aquariums as family destinations: educational but fun diversions for our animal-loving kids. The nature of a zoological arc might be to display a certain not-too-dramatic bird or antelope and raise it's status and numbers in captivity so it can be someday reintroduced to the wild. These terms are just based on cladistical methodological but the term dinosaur turned into an adjective describing all of these prehistoric reptilian animals. Thanks. I find the dinosaur comparison to be a bit short-sighted, as there is a reason that children tend to be more interested in an allosaurus vs. their real-life song bird relatives. It might sound unconventional, but I believe we have a lot to learn from animals when they are removed from their natural habitat, because in doing so, we can understand the degree of which 'nature vs. nurture' has in their behavior. Moss, Andrew (2017) The Educational Value of Zoos and Aquariums. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:62717) Download : Download high-res image (487KB) Download : Download full-size image There's probably a 'me' sprinkled in every large crowd, but we'd likely find our pet keeping passion through some other means eventually. 90% of species encaged by European zoos are not threatened from extinction. Musu Bangura from Nation's Capital on March 31, 2014: Great hub! 90% of species encaged by European zoos are not threatened from extinction. I think that for most people when they say they would like a pet tiger, they are probably joking. The introduction must be read in its entirety to fully appreciate the searing rhetoric-infused scientific approach. It's difficult to imagine how our society would be without exposure to animals through zoos (and pets) and wonder if this would … Some people continued to say that going to a zoo was educational, whereas others, including those who work for zoos, claimed there are no data that show this is the case. Many of these attractions are not educational but they do attract visitors which helps keep the zoos afloat financially, and that can contribute to research and conservation-related causes. There is some valid criticism regarding the educational experience of milling through a row of cages, but as some studies suggest and common sense dictates, presentations, including trained animal demonstrations, are powerful learning tools if the speaker dispenses the right information. We also had education animals that we could bring out, under certain conditions, so that people could see details and perhaps touch the animal. However, when studying this in detail it is easy to see this is a myth. It is best to search their website online to see what you can download prior to visiting including the schedule of … Together with a bet­ter under­stand­ing of con­cepts like species’ extinc­tion and habi­tat, the study proves that the zoo visit has an edu­ca­tional value which sig­nif­i­cantly improves the chil­drens’ knowl­edge of zoo ani­mals, wildlife and con­ser­va­tion efforts. Let’s look at some of the mains educational draws touted by zoos: learning about animals’ natural habitat, their natural behaviors, and the value of conservation and animal stewardship. A very useful bibliography of visitor studies ' Looking at People Looking at Animals ' carried out at a variety of institutions can be accessed below. However, in recent years zoos have been criticized for failing to educate the public on conservation issues and related biological concepts, such as animal adaptation to habitats. For me, the icing on the cake was to hear a parent tell a child, "If you look just to the left of that rock...". While walking around with your child, it … Educational Programs. Dimetrodons are synapids (like mammals) and more closely related to mammals, defined by features in their skull, but they appeared before dinosaurs. While performing cetacean shows ignite a lot of debate, they are not much different from other zoos shows that have trained parrots, sea lions, and basically any animal that can be brought out to amuse a crowd by doing a behavior on command. The least part of educational purpose is devoted to teaching children about nature and vast biodiversity. These animals are sentient beings and I understand the educational value of being able to teach people, mostly young kids, about animals on a sort of up close and personal level but it just isn't ethical. But kids don't want to see the brown bird and the antelope. How do children learn? Tallinn Zoo­log­i­cal Gar­dens, Tallinna Loomaaed. 2010- “Visitor interest in zoo animals and the implications for collection planning and zoo education programmes” (Andrew Moss and Maggie Esson), “In this, zoo learning is a very personal construct, develops from the previous knowledge, and experiences and motivations of each individual.”. They are in particularly … British sociologists gathered data from children between 7 and 15 years old, before and after visiting London Zoo. Apr. In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with keeping exotic pets! People like them best? What are Zoos For? Too bad people. So I suppose there isn't a name to call them akin to dinosaur. 2019, there are 236 accredited zoos in the United States. I love zoos and often visit them. The kids were great audiences because they had few preconceived notions, while adults did. Zoos are a unique educational resource and they are the only place where most people will se, hear and smell living wild animals form all over the world. I went to the Smithsonian as an adult, and really enjoyed it. He told the story of how a Philippine crocodile escaped from his cage when it rained and there were floods. Zoo detractors can dispute studies that verify people learning in zoos but that is certainly not evidence that they do not. The study suggested that visitors had a change in attitude toward conservation, biodiversity, and ecological education. Therefore, I imagine that a zoo will have minimal impact for some visitors who are not self-motivated due to lack of interest in what they’re seeing, just as a substantially educational lecture on chemistry would fail to teach me about SN2 reactions if I chose to sleep during it. Given the origin of the people behind the study, the findings presented aren’t surprising: “We found that going to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums in North America does have a measurable impact on the conservation attitudes and understanding of adult visitors”. I can personally attest to the excitement that the presence of a live animal brings, especially when you are a child that, like most, has an interest in animals but has parents who are unaccommodating with allowing pets in the house. Keeping elephants in captivity - are zoos educational, useful? Children can learn about animals like dinosaurs without ever seeing them. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on March 14, 2019: I would like to use this site as a source for a paper that I am writing... is that ok? However, young generation considers a visit to a zoo as an opportunity to have some fun either with parents or with schoolmates. In fact, zoos are places of entertainment, where animal welfare is governed by financial feasibility and entertainment value. by Robert Summer covers this topic. Anyone who has ever worked in an animal care facility knows the complaints they always hear from members of the public. I have written before about the importance of zoos and the role they have to play in the world for conservation and education. This can unfortunately sometimes be negative, such as the presence of stereotypic behavior, but good zoos are developing enriching methods to curb this problem, and this also can mean education for the public. Many zoos have breeding programs in place to help eliminate genetic bottlenecks, especially when dealing with an endangered species. Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on March 30, 2014: As a kid, I enjoyed zoos. Zoos also have programs where presenters travel offsite to give lectures about animal science and conservation with their 'animal ambassadors' in tow. What appeared to be a gigantic moose, a dog-sized horse, and woolly mammoths—were not so interesting. They can be called animal parks, menageries, or zoological gardens. 1 thought on “ Animals in Captivity: Do Zoos Actually Educate Visitors? 12, 2018 — Most of us think of zoos and aquariums as family destinations: educational but fun diversions for our animal-loving kids. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. I found it very rewarding to teach folks about the animals' lifestyles, habitats, etc., and also a little insight into "behind the scenes" at the zoo, including our role in the SSP program. As an obvious threat to opponents of zoos, Lori Marino (who was featured in the documentary Blackfish and other anti-captivity media) responded with another peer-reviewed study that was created to discredit the zoo-affirming study ("we address whether this conclusion is warranted by analyzing the study’s methodological soundness"): Do zoos and aquariums promote attitude change in visitors? 1972- “What Do We Learn at the Zoo?” (Robert Summer), “The sight of caged animals does not engender respect for animals”. some. Either way, zoos aren't magic and cannot bestow a lesson upon those who whiz through the exhibits and don't read information cards. Even when endangered animals are kept and bred in zoos, they are rarely released into the wild. Animals have a universal draw. When considering the broad picture, I support the practice. But given the ethical dilemmas surrounding their business, they should really have an interest in providing solid evidence to show they can offer added educational value above and beyond what biology teachers can do with modern media at school. She remarked of how amazing it was to see such an animal up-close and how she was rarely exposed to such animals in her city dwelling, which she obviously must have lived in her whole life. Your knowledge of the topic was obvious and the images beautiful. (Source: Sci­enceDaily, 27.05.2011). In fact, zoos are places of entertainment, where animal welfare is governed by financial feasibility and entertainment value. In my opinion, the best forms of education that zoos can offer is: Leslie Science & Nature Center (CC BY-SA 2.0) Via Flickr. Card), “Results indicated that conservation knowledge scores increased over the study period, as did attitude and behavior, though patterns of change were varied in each level of camp. Tambako The Jaguar (CC BY-ND 2.0) Via Flickr. ...a conclusion that is beneficial to the study’s contributors. While there were some people who mocked the animals' behavior ("Look at that, isn't he just being so silly), banged on exhibits, tried to sneak food to them, etc., my personal experience is that people came away with a new found understanding and respect for the animals. Information for the study was gathered by surveying zoo visitors. We had a particularly progressive outreach effort and brought our zoomobile to scores of schools and community functions. Kashiefa Ajam and Karishma Dipa asked experts on opposing sides about the value of zoos - and keeping elephants in captivity. I think it's great exposure and helps expand the child's mind. It really shows how zoos aren't the "evil animal prisons" that those activists make them out as. While not everyone will benefit to the same extent of another, or at all, the percentage of people who do still count. Whether or not they provide any significant educational … The dumbest argument against animals in circuses, zoos and aquariums such as SeaWorld - and it's one I see parroted with irritating regularity in articles and comments threads - is that they provide "no educational value." Some studies have determined that on average zoo visitors spend approximately 3 seconds to 2 minutes at each exhibit. . If you look just to the left of that rock, you'll see him lying down in that little sun-dappled area. Do zoos and aquariums promote attitude change in visitors? Download : Download high-res image (487KB) Download : Download full-size image The value of zoos Captive Breeding programmes: ... Zoos are a unique educational resource and they are the only place where most people will se, hear and smell living wild animals form all over the world. Camp i found myself wanting one of the zoos educational value zoo my school educational destinations, are. 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