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Article first published online: 18 DEC 2007
International Zoo Yearbook
Volume 38, Issue 1, pages 81–93, January 2003
How to Cite
COOPER, M. E. (2003), Zoo legislation. International Zoo Yearbook, 38: 81–93. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-1090.2003.tb02067.x
- Issue published online: 18 DEC 2007
- Article first published online: 18 DEC 2007
- accepted 29 January 2001
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.