AAAS symposium—Wildlife in captivity: Ethics and zoos
Furthermore, zoos engage in field conservation programs to alleviate the current crisis of species endangerment. For example, many zoos have become ex situ breeding centers for amphibian species doomed by the chytrid fungus. Other field conservation programs link breeding programs for animals in zoos to conservation of their wild counterparts. For example, the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute ( http://www.wildcareinstitute.org/) allocates $1.2 million a year for conservation of wild animal species and their habitats. With a potential 140 million visits to AZA-accredited institutions every year, these zoos will increasingly take advantage of their unique position to use the wonders of the natural kingdom to engage the public in conservation messages and link them to conservation action.
SUGGESTED READING1. Bonner JP. Sailing with Noah: stories from the world of zoos. Columbia, Mo: University of Missouri Press, 2006.
2. Norton BG, Hutchins M, Stevens EF, et al, eds. Ethics on the ark: zoos, animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Press, 1995.
R. Eric Miller, DVM, DACZM