The Role of Modern Zoos in Great Ape Conservation :Webcast Episode 07

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Event Name: GRASP Webcast 07 – The Role of Modern Zoos in Great Ape Conservation

Event Date: 05/05/2016


Event Time: 01:00 – 02:00 PM  GMT/UTC

Events Goal & GRASP’s Mission:

The GRASP Webcast goal is to extend the partnership’s media outreach through the use of new technologies. GRASP wants to engage a wider audience by giving it a chance to interact with various ape experts around the world. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions, seek advice and learn from experts regardless where they are located. This will be achieved by using google hangouts, YouTube and other social media platforms.

Moderator: Doug Cress

Guests: Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Barcelona Zoo , Born Free, Twycross Zoo

Topic: The Role of Modern Zoos in Great Ape Conservation

The role of zoos has evolved to prioritize research, education, and conservation in modern times. While some groups still condemn their existence based on a reputation of entertainment and fun-fairs started in the 1800s, many zoos are working hard to change that narrative. In collaboration with scientific agencies, governments and other conservation bodies, zoos are now playing their part in the much bigger picture of the conservation of our natural world

Many zoos now use their expertise in a wide range of disciplines and identify threats to zoo and wild populations of animals. They are now developing strategies and programs to ensure their continued survival of wildlife and their habitats, and many contribute significant funding to institute conservation and research projects.

With extensive expertise in field research, education and breeding programs, zoos are now playing a major role in the conservation of great apes. Major zoo associations such as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) have dedicated a significant number of resources to improve great ape conservation and protect great ape habitats.

Some groups believe the role of zoos is to preserve species which are in danger of extinction, while others feel that zoos have a much more important role to play in breeding for re-introduction. Some are against the existence of zoos and that the conservation community should be focusing all its attention on the preservation of the habitats of these species.

Do you think zoos enhance or hinder great ape conservation efforts? Do you think the public perception of the role of zoos in conservation will ever change?  Join GRASP and invited experts from leading zoos and zoo associations and conservation scientist as we discuss the ‘The Role of Modern Zoos in Great Ape Conservation.’

Event Hashtags: #GRASP #WebCast #ExpertsSpeak #ZooInConservation


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