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The Phoenix Zoo Story: Building a Legacy of Conservation

The Phoenix Zoo Story: Building a Legacy of Conservation

Chapter:
(p.169) Chapter Thirteen The Phoenix Zoo Story: Building a Legacy of Conservation
Source:
The Ark and Beyond
Author(s):
Ruth A. AllardStuart A. Wells
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226538631.003.0014

Zoological parks can be great places to inspire wonder, stoke curiosity, connect with nature, gather with family, and have fun. In addition, modern, professionally managed zoos are conservation organizations, committed to securing a healthy future for the natural world. From its inception in 1962, the Phoenix Zoo has demonstrated its commitment to contributing to species recovery. Raising imperiled native species for release to the wild, surveying and monitoring field sites in collaboration with government agency partners, funding field projects worldwide, conducting research ex-situ and in the field to add to understanding of species of conservation concern and improve husbandry techniques, and increasing public awareness regarding these efforts as well as the roles guests can play in supporting wildlife and wild places – this case study of the Phoenix Zoo provides an example of how modern zoos rise to the challenge and operate as true conservation organizations.

Keywords:   species recovery, wildlife conservation, research, reintroduction, partnerships, ex situ, zoo, Phoenix Zoo

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