Zoos - 20th century anachronism or biodiversity preservation tool?
Daniel Turner, Dr Miranda F Stevenson B.A., MBA.,
1st March, 2004
Are zoos an essential tool for preserving biodiversity in the 21st century or a Noah's-Ark-style anachronism riddled with woodworm and sinking fast?
Dr Miranda F Stevenson B.A., MBA., PhD. Currently Director of the Federation of Zoos of Great Britain and Ireland, the professional body representing zoos in Great Britain and Ireland. Has been connected with the zoo world for some thirty years in various capacities - starting as a keeper in Chester Zoo and onto a PhD in Animal Behaviour at Aberystwyth University. Also interested in the business side of zoos and in 1996 obtained an MBA at Edinburgh University. Presently a member of the Zoos Forum which advises on the role of zoos in Britain.
Daniel Turner, a chartered biologist with a background in conservation who now works in the evolving field of animal welfare. He has worked for the international wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation for four years and coordinates Born Free’s core campaign Zoo Check. Find out more about Born Free’s work at www.bornfree.org.uk.
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