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Zoo Experiences & the Human Dimensions of Saving Wildlife - a 2-day ZSL & WCS joint symposium (Day 1

This symposium seeks to advance the global conservation agenda by investigating scholarship on moral, psychological, sociological and political aspects of zoo-going.

Zoos and aquariums tend to focus on animal conservation and science learning. Zoo visitors, however, focus on the social value of their experience together at zoos rather than the need for specific learning about conservation. Zoos provide opportunities for cultural and moral development, and social change but, without focusing their attention on these human dimensions, zoos and aquariums could jeopardize the ability to succeed as conservation organisations that are relevant to society.

This symposium seeks to advance the global conservation agenda by investigating
scholarship on moral, psychological, sociological and political aspects of zoo-going, including the presentation of new information from conservation psychology.

It will highlight what we know and what we need to know about
a) zoos and aquariums as part of the community narrative helping people make sense of their relationship to nature, and
b) zoos and aquariums as conservation change agents. The goal is to help zoo and aquarium professionals frame an understanding of their cultural importance and to help zoos become more effective conservation advocates.

Practitioners from within zoos and from the wider social science academic community will contribute to this meeting.

Organised by John Fraser, Carol Saunders and Tom Webler.

For further details or to book your place, please see www.zsl.org/science/scientific-meetings/ or contact Joy Miller, Scientific Meetings Coordinator, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY; tel: +44 (0) 207 449 6227; fax: +44 (0) 207 449 6411; e-mail: joy.miller@zsl.org.




Date and Time:

24 May 2007 at 9:00 am


Full Day



ZSL London Zoo's Meeting Rooms
Regent's Park (Outer Circle)
0207 449 6227
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Organised by:

The Zoological Society of London
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£120 for both days; £70 per day. For ZSL Members & students, admission is £60 for both days; £35 per

Available from:

This is a two day symposium to be held on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th May. Tickets must be booked in advance and can be purchased from Joy Miller, Scientific Meetings Coordinator joy.miller@zsl.org or call 0207 449 6227 for further details. Lunch is included in ticket; we are also hosting a dinner on the Thursday evening. Tickets are £40 per person extra and must be booked in advance.

Additional Information:

If you would like to be added to our e-mailing list for future meetings, please contact joy.miller@zsl.org

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