Why Zoos and Aquariums Matter: Assessing the Impact of a Visit to a Zoo or Aquarium

Friday, May 4, 2007
Resource Type:
Reference Materials | Report
Environment Type: 
Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits, Parks, Outdoor, and Garden Exhibits
Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Scientists | Evaluators
Ecology, forestry, and agriculture | General STEM | Life science
Oregon State University, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Institute for Learning Innovation

To find out if zoos and aquariums successfully promote conservation, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) formed strategic partnerships and undertook a three-year, nationwide study of the impacts of a visit to a zoo or aquarium. 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.

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Team Members

John H FalkPrincipal Investigator
Eric ReinhardEric ReinhardPrincipal Investigator
Cynthia VernonCynthia VernonPrincipal Investigator
Kerry BronnenkantKerry BronnenkantProject Manager
Joe E HeimlichContributor
Nora DeansNora DeansContributor

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