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The Ark and Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation

Ben A. Minteer, Jane Maienschein, and James P. Collins


Today, many zoos promote the preservation of biodiversity as a significant part of their mission. As “arks” for endangered species and, increasingly, as leaders in field conservation projects such as the reintroduction of zoo-born animals to the wild, they’re preparing to play an even more important role in attempts to save species in this century. The intensification of these efforts, however, presents a number of practical and strategic challenges for zoos and aquariums as they seek to balance an expanding conservation mission alongside their more traditional recreation and entertainment pur ... More

Keywords: zoos, aquariums, zoo conservation, endangered species, conservation history, life science ethics, zoo biology, animal studies, biodiversity

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226538327
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226538631.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben A. Minteer, editor
Arizona State University

Jane Maienschein, editor
Arizona State University

James P. Collins, editor
Arizona State University

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Introduction Zoo and Aquarium Conservation: Past, Present, Future

Ben A. Minteer, Jane Maienschein, and James P. Collins

Part I Protoconservation in Early European Zoos

Part II The Rise of US Zoo and Aquarium Conservation in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Part III Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Today: Visions and Programs

Part IV Caring for Nature: Welfare, Wellness, and Natural Connections

Part V The Science and Challenge of the Conservation Ark

Part VI Alternative Models and Futures