Melding Research and Education in a Zoological Setting
The first zoo was opened in London in 1828 and was intended for scientific study, but was eventually opened to the public in 1847. Since then, public dogma has dictated the development, role, and standards concerning the use of animals across the zoological community. Too often there is disconnect between research programs, captive propagation, and public education. In the fight against human driven extinction of earth's flora and fauna, it is vital that these areas be aligned. Thus in an effort to unite research and education in a zoological setting, East Carolina University (ECU) and Sylvan Heights Bird Park (SHBP) have partnered for a collaborative project involving the study of evolution in the African brood parasitic finches (Viduidae), specifically he Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura). I attempt to quantify the educational impact of Avian Pirates and SHBP, and assess basic demographic factors that will allow insights into what areas of exhibit design pertain to education. It is important to understand what aspects of zoos facilitate visitor learning in areas of conservation and biodiversity. This is vital as Zoos are under new pressure to substantiate claims of education during visits.
Foote, Dustin. (July 2016). Melding Research and Education in a Zoological Setting (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/5923.)
Foote, Dustin. Melding Research and Education in a Zoological Setting. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, July 2016. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/5923. June 24, 2018.
Foote, Dustin, “Melding Research and Education in a Zoological Setting” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, July 2016).
Foote, Dustin. Melding Research and Education in a Zoological Setting [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; July 2016.
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