Blog: Carlita the Croc

Word association: Zoo edition

Olga the walrus and her hat trick
Olga the walrus and her hat trick.
 
What do you think of when you hear the word “zoo”? How about wildlife research?  Education?  Conservation?
 
I recently came across two articles, one published this month, one published a year ago, both focusing on zoos. 
 
Both articles discuss the “quietly” changing role of zoos as organizations closely tied to conservation and research.  I have heard many sides of the discussion:  that some value zoos as places to learn about the intricate web of life, be awed by the biodiversity of our world, and learn how they can be a part of worldwide conservation efforts from their own homes.  I have also heard those that believe zoos can “do more.”
 
Dr. Randy Wells of Chicago Zoological Society's Sarasota Dolphin Research Program
Randy Wells of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program
 
Then there’s me:  the lady croc who thinks a zoo would be a nice place to “get away from it all!”
 
What do you think?  When you think of your favorite zoo, what do you think of?  Do you see signs that your zoo is going through a slow conservation metamorphosis?  Tell me about it in the comments below!



Carlita the Croc

I'm Carlita the Croc, here to deliver my candid views on various topics, articles, news, and stories in conservation. For the latest news follow me on Twitter, for striking photos follow me on Instagram.

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