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Towards A Globalization Of Conservation Models In Zoos: The AZA And The Case Of A Mexican Zoological Park In León

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Towards A Globalization Of Conservation Models In Zoos: The AZA And The Case Of A Mexican Zoological Park In León

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Title: Towards A Globalization Of Conservation Models In Zoos: The AZA And The Case Of A Mexican Zoological Park In León
Author: Miller, Dustin Kenneth
Abstract: The recent expansion of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to include culturally-foreign institutions, underscores the ever-increasing globalization of conservation ideas. This paper investigates the structural and cultural barriers faced by recent member, Zooleón, in Guanajuato, Mexico. Distinct structural differences - that underscore the level of corporatization present in U.S. institutions - and a lack of understanding these differences by the AZA has resulted in Zooleón finding itself unable to meet the demands of a polished AZA institution. A significant cultural difference that emerges from the structural differences encountered is paramount importance of family bonding by means of a zoo visit. The zoo also faces cultural barriers encountered amongst its own staff. Class and education distinctions clearly shape interactions with the visiting public and the effectiveness of conservation messaging.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10106/5631
Date: 2011-07-14

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