WAZA Launches New Online Professional Development Center
The initiative expands member expertise in the zoological field and furthers the excellence of animal care.
ROCHESTER, N.Y / Gland, Switzerland - Oct. 07, 2013 - The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has launched its
Online Professional Development Center (OPDC) as a service to its members. The
initiative expands member expertise in the zoological field and furthers the
excellence of animal care.
In collaboration with learning management
system developer CypherWorx and subject-matter experts from San Diego Zoo
Global Academy, WAZA is able to provide users with an interactive online learning environment that offers more than
300 self-directed courses and recorded
By offering the OPDC, WAZA teamed with
zoological professionals from top institutions including San Diego Zoo Global,
Birmingham Zoo, Lowry Park Zoo, National Zoo, Reid Park Zoo
and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. This network of experts allowed WAZA to
offer courses with a broad applicability to
animal care, human resources, horticulture, zoo operations and leadership
The content of each course was developed
to support four core learning concepts: Expertise, Engagement, Excellence and
Evolution. These fundamental qualities create a learning environment in which
users can expand their knowledge of the field, gain confidence in learned
material to ensure work performance accuracy as well as strengthen the
zoological profession as a whole within the OPDC learning community.
To support the technology and services
needed to launch OPDC, WAZA used CypherWorx's CollaborNation®
Collaborative Learning Environment platform to create an online learning space.
This community-based web system can
allow members to communicate, spread ideas, discuss topics and expand their
knowledge about the field of animal-care.
is to provide zoological professionals throughout the world with a learning
resource to ensure keeper safety, animal health and welfare, enjoyment and safety
of guests, and conservation," says Steve Stookey, chief
operations officer at CypherWorx. "We are proud of our collaborative efforts in
helping zoos and aquariums achieve these goals, and the mission continues as we
add new educational online courses and webinars to share knowledge across the
the most convenient way of improving skills - people can do courses whenever
they have time and with the new WAZA Online Professional Development
Center, vets, zoologists, keepers and other related professionals are offered a
great selection of online training courses for a very reasonable price, WAZA
members benefit! I am grateful to San Diego Zoo Global and Cypherworx for the
wonderful cooperation which made this unique offer possible", says Dr Gerald
Dick, WAZA Executive Director.
Founded in 2007, CypherWorx develops comprehensive eLearning
solutions for membership associations, non-profit organizations and small
business providers using a unique, collaborative business model that has won
praise for its effectiveness and accessibility. Services range from course development
to learning management system (LMS) integration under the NP Training WorksTM
and CollaborNation brands. For more information, visit www.cypherworx.com.
About The World
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is a global organisation that
harmonises the principles, policies, practices and strategy for zoos and
aquariums worldwide. Via regional associations WAZA reaches over 1,300 leading
zoos and aquariums. WAZA is the unifying representative of the global zoo and
aquarium community and works in partnership with international conservation
organisations such as IUCN and non-government organisations to ensure
high standards of animal welfare and to achieve conservation in zoos and
aquariums (ex situ) and in nature (in situ).
WAZA Facts and Figures
more than 700 million visitors a year, the world's 1,300 leading zoos and
aquariums have a unique potential to attract, inspire and mobilise mass public
engagement for species and habitat conservation. By making a direct connection
between people and wildlife, zoos and aquariums educate the public on
biodiversity conservation, human welfare, livelihoods and poverty alleviation
and hence promote environmentally sustainable development and social and
political change. The additional funding produced from entrance tickets to zoos
and aquariums is spent on conservation projects around the world, creating
major conservation implementation and funding agencies. Collectively, this can
match or surpass the contributions of some other leading global conservation
70% of the world's population living in cities by 2030, zoos and aquariums
offer a vital connection to the importance of biodiversity in our lives.
About San Diego Zoo Global Academy
Diego Zoo Global Academy is a powerful online learning platform that harnesses
the expertise of San Diego Zoo Global and its partners to offer courses that
meet the specific needs of individuals in the zoological profession. For more
information, visit www.sdzglobalacademy.org.
Emily Drzewiecki, McDougall
Communications for CypherWorx
Carole Lecointre, Marketing &
Communications for WAZA
(0041) 22 999 07 93
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