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The Ark and BeyondThe Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation$
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Ben A. Minteer, Jane Maienschein, and James P. Collins

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226538327

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226538631.001.0001

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The Phoenix Zoo Story: Building a Legacy of Conservation

The Phoenix Zoo Story: Building a Legacy of Conservation

(p.169) Chapter Thirteen The Phoenix Zoo Story: Building a Legacy of Conservation
The Ark and Beyond

Ruth A. Allard

Stuart A. Wells

University of Chicago Press

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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