Evaluating the role of education in zoos: a shift away from exotic to native.

BIAZA accredited zoos attract roughly 30,000,000 visitors per year in the UK. Many of these visitors, whether they know it or not, are land owners. The average number of people to a household in the UK is 2.3 and the average garden is 50ft long. Therefore, zoos in the UK, through show-casing best practice, have potential influence of over 500,000,000 sq ft (4600hectares) of privately managed urban green space.

Urbanisation is one of the leading causes of bird decline in the UK. We suggest that zoos are an often overlooked habitat for our garden birds, with an audience that differs from those attending nature reserves and an audience that holds a direct influence over urban environments. An educational program targeted at conserving native species based within zoo grounds has the potential to make a positive impact on the plight of our native birds, and has the potential to inspire both young and old to engage and appreciate nature in new ways.

Date(s) - 16/08/2019
4:00 pm - 4:20 pm

Merlin Lecture Theatre