What will a zoo look like in 2119?

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Presented by Karen Fifield

Lectures, talks and seminars

9 Jul 2019 12:30 pm to 9 Jul 2019 1:30 pm

The ATOM, RH G10, Ground Floor, Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington

What will the future hold for organisations, like zoos, which have animals in human care?

Over 700 million people visit zoos or aquariums every year. Zoos are the most visited cultural organisations in the world. But have they changed since the inception of a zoo as a public facing menagerie in the 18th century?

Progressive zoos and aquariums around the world have been through a number of iterations from menageries to powerhouses for conservation outcomes. As the world changes how will this influence the next iteration of zoo development and growth in the profession? How will progressive zoos lead their communities in behaviour change for positive effects on our planet?

Over the next 100 years the world will face immense species loss and ever threatening climate change consequences. This seminar will examine how zoos can be a positive influence on human reactions and approaches to these problems which will ultimately affect the future of our planet.

For more information contact: Luisa Acheson

Speaker Bios

Karen has been the Chief Executive of Wellington Zoo since 2006 and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit MNZM for Business and Animal Welfare. Karen is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums Animal Welfare Committee, the NZ IUCN Committee, the NZ Sustainable Business Council Advisory Board, the Newtown Festival Board, NZ Head and Neck Cancer Foundation Board and Chair of Netball Wellington Centre Board.