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

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

Dates: 4th Wednesday of each month
Times: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE (Virtual Event)

Connect with the Zoo as we critically explore a variety of environmental and conservation issues. Each month we will meet and discuss a conservation topic that falls under one of three larger conservation education topics, Field Science, Global Climate Change, and Modern Zoos. Participants will receive a discussion guide for each topic and are invited to participate in a series of 60-minute live virtual discussions with Zoo Educators. Each topic series will provide an overview of the topic, share connections with your Louisville Zoo, and provide recommendations for further learning on the topic. Some topics will include recommendations for books or movies that we can discuss as a group and others will feature guest speakers! 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 your comfort and knowledge of conservation and natural science topics. The sessions can be enjoyed as a one-time opportunity or as a full topic experience. Registered participants will receive the opportunity to guide the conversation by sending in questions in advance and suggesting topics. Recordings of the virtual sessions are available upon request.

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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