13 July 2016
Blog post - How to care while conserving zoo animals
Clare Palmer and Peter Sandøe have written a blog post at www.humansandnature.org on How to care while conserving zoo animals. The Center for Humans and Nature, that hosts the website, brings together philosophers, ecologists, artists, political scientists, anthropologists, poets and economists, among others, to explore humans and nature relationships. This blog post is part of a series of contributions dedicated to discussing how zoos and aquariums can foster cultures of care and conservation.
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) describes its goals as being “to guide, encourage and support the zoos… of the world in animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation.” These goals in reality boil down to two: care (including welfare) and conservation (including education). However, endorsing both care and conservation as goals doesn’t mean that the relationship between them is straightforward. Sometimes these goals are in tension. For example when zoo-raised animals are released in the wild they typically face hardship, but such releases may serve to help endangered wild species to survive...