The role of zoos in the 21st century1


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    Adapted in part from: Conway, W. (2000): The changing role of zoos in the 21st century. EAZA News29: 8–13.


Zoos have been overtaken by the rapidity of wildlife extinction and most of their conservation programmes are unresponsive. To fulfil their obligations to society, and to survive, zoos must become proactive conservation organizations, applying their popularity to win support for wildlife protection and their expertise to help sustain reduced numbers of wildlife in marginal habitats.