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Saturday, July 28 • 10:45am - 11:30am
Plenary Session 3

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Saving Species, Saving Lives 

Zoos are unique societal intersections where nature, science, education, and human values converge. They could be sanctuaries for human and non-human animals if everything about their physical and social environments addressed every animal's needs and preferences. Exotic animals in accredited zoos are well-fed, live mostly predator-free and longer than their wild counterparts and most reproduce well. But there are also thousands of roadside zoos/menageries that threaten our communities and don't advance conservation - species welfare. And what about individual welfare of those animals in captivity? Are zoo animals thriving or just surviving? Are we rescuing and saving lives or harming both human and non-human animals? This will be a candid conservation about exotic animals in America

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Ron Kagan

CEO Detroit Zoological Society Kagan, a self-described bunny hugger, has worked for decades caring for and rescuing animals. He lectures and writes extensively about animal welfare and created nine award-winning documentaries. He developed a Wildlife Interpretive Gallery (exploring... Read More →

Saturday July 28, 2012 10:45am - 11:30am EDT
Marriott Salon 3

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