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Conservation & Conversations: What is Accreditation and Why Do We Want it?

September 27, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Conservation Conversations

Dates: Final Wednesday of each month in 2024
Virtual sessions: Check dates for times. Sessions on Google Meet
Recordings available for registered participants upon request.
In-person sessions: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. ET (location: LFPL Branch Meeting Room unless otherwise notified)
Cost: FREE

Free Online Reservation

Connect with the Zoo as we critically explore a variety of environmental and conservation topics. Each month we will meet and discuss a conservation topic that falls under one of two larger environmental education themes, Global Climate Change and Ecology. Participants will receive background information and further learning resources for each topic and are invited to participate in a series of 60-minute discussions with Zoo educators. Each conversation will provide an overview of the topic, share connections with your Louisville Zoo, and give recommendations for further learning on the topic. Some conversations will focus on in-person book discussion related to the topic and others will feature virtual discussions and include guest experts! Join the conversation as we engage community members of all ages about topics that are affecting the way we live in Louisville and how people live around the globe.

Each session is designed to work with the others to increase participants comfort with and knowledge of conservation and natural science topics. Participants can register once and receive regular emails from the program coordinator updating them on meeting times, giving topic overviews, and providing further learning resources. There is no obligation to attend every meeting and participants can opt out of the email list at any time.

Registered participants will receive the opportunity to guide the conversation by sending in questions in advance, suggesting topics, and will receive access to recordings of the virtual sessions.


Modern Zoos: Zoos have come a long way in the last 200 years! Join us for any and all of these topic sessions to explore what it means to be a modern zoo and the ways they serve as centers for conservation education and outreach. Sessions under this topic are designed to give you a better understanding of what it means to be a zoo and the work zoos are doing to support wildlife conservation around the world. To participate in all the discussions about “Modern Zoos,” register for May 24, June 28 and Sept. 27!


About this topic: join our conversation this month to learn what it means for a zoo to be accredited. In the United States, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is the main body in charge of accreditation and setting professional standards for zoos and aquariums. The AZA and its accreditation committee are made up of industry professionals who care deeply about the welfare of zoo staff and animals and will always advocate for the best care. Join our discussion this month to learn about how accreditation works, past zoo practices and animal care today.

This is one session you won’t want to miss with two special guests! Hear from Steve Taylor — Louisville Zoo Assistant Director of Conservation, Education & Collections, and Dr. Erica Lipanovich — Louisville Zoo Veterinary Associate.

View previous discussion guides here!


September 27, 2023
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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