African zoos: partnering a necessary renaissance



There are c. 200 zoos, or zoo-type facilities, in 48 countries on the continent of Africa. These vary in standards from world-class facilities to the world's worst examples of zoos. This diversity of operational standard is discussed and elements of the ensuing ethical issues associated with zoo operation in Africa scrutinized. The need for active engagement with African zoos by the international zoo community as represented by World Association of Zoos and Aquariums is reinforced.