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Keywords:

  • enforcement;
  • law;
  • legal;
  • legislation;
  • licence;
  • provisions;
  • standards;
  • zoo

Many countries have legislation to regulate zoos that requires these institutions to be licensed and inspected. A European Union Directive also requires that zoos in member countries have conservation objectives. Although the form and content of zoo legislation are diverse, there are common elements and these are discussed. Zoo regulation is usually supported by written standards relating to species, exhibits and management.