The global reach of zoos and aquariums in visitor numbers and conservation expenditures
Article first published online: 6 DEC 2010
© 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 30, Issue 5, pages 566–569, September/October 2011
How to Cite
Gusset, M. and Dick, G. (2011), The global reach of zoos and aquariums in visitor numbers and conservation expenditures. Zoo Biol., 30: 566–569. doi: 10.1002/zoo.20369
- Issue published online: 4 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 6 DEC 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 OCT 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 29 JUL 2010
- Manuscript Received: 7 JUN 2010
A survey conducted by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, in collaboration with national and regional zoo and aquarium associations, showed that annually more than 700 million people visit zoos and aquariums worldwide and are thus potentially exposed to environmental education. Furthermore, the world zoo and aquarium community reportedly spends about US$350 million on wildlife conservation each year. Therefore, the world zoo and aquarium community has the potential to play an important role in both environmental education and wildlife conservation. Systematic reviews are encouraged to provide further evidence for the effectiveness of zoos and aquariums as centers of education and conservation. Zoo Biol 30:566–569, 2011. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.