Horizon Scan for Species Conservation

We conducted the first horizon scan for zoos and aquariums to identify the 10 most important emerging issues for species conservation. This involved input from more than 100 experts from both the wider conservation community and the world zoo and aquarium community. Some of the issues are globally important: diseases, zoonoses, and biosecurity issues; new (communication) technologies; global water shortage and food insecurity; developing economies and markets for wildlife consumption; changes in wildlife population dynamics; and political instability and conflicts. Other issues are more specific to zoos and aquariums: need for extractive reserves; space shortage in zoos and aquariums; need for metapopulation management; and demand for caring of more species in zoos and aquariums. We also identified some broad approaches to these issues. Addressing the emerging issues identified in our horizon scan will further increase the contribution of the world zoo and aquarium community to global biodiversity conservation.


The above is the abstract of the following article:  


Gusset, M., Fa, J. E., Sutherland, W. J. &  the Horizon Scanners for Zoos and Aquariums (2014) A horizon scan for species conservation by zoos and aquariums. Zoo Biology 33: 375–380.

  • Horizon Scanning

    Horizon Scanning

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