Honors Scholars Collaborative Projects

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Zoos have become a built-in component of society and play many roles. One of the roles includes being facilitators of education. Education serves to increase the positive public perception of zoos and works to continue to gain funds and support for a zoo’s overall purpose. Through a literature review and analysis, this thesis explores the modern-day context of zoos and analyzes how education can drive the zoo’s mission. The focus will be on Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) accredited zoos. While many other facilities that house an array of animals, AZA and EAZA zoos tend to have a higher number of resources that allow the facility to focus in on educational goals.

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Alison Parker; Dr. Darlene Panvini; Dr. Bonnie Riechert

Document Type

Honors Thesis