Virtual Posters for 75th WAZA Annual Conference

Welcome to the virtual posters of the 75th WAZA Annual Conference. Please scroll down to see a variety of posters on topics such as animal welfare, sustainable palm oil and more.

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Designing Zoo Exhibits

The Yoshi Story: From Africa to Australia

Taking Environmental Education Online

Prevalence of negative visitor behavior in the zoo setting

Title: Designing affective zoo exhibits: How can the zoo experience impact the efficacy of behaviour change campaigns?

Author: Rhedyn Ollerenshaw, PhD Candidate, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of science

More information: “Our mission is not fulfilled until we change people’s attitudes and behaviours, and they become exemplary advocates for conservation”. – WAZA Conservation Strategy. But how does zoo exhibit design and visitor engagement impact the way zoos can affect visitors pro-environmental behaviours? There is little existing literature examining the role of exhibit design as a tool for behaviour change.

Title: The post-release oceanic movements of Yoshi the loggerhead turtle: 25,000 miles travelled after 20 years under captive care. 

Author: Maryke Musson, Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation

More information: Yoshi the female loggerhead sea turtle has become quite a global celebrity and true ambassador for the conservation of marine species. She was released off Cape Point, South Africa, after 20 years of captive care at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town. Her post-release oceanic movements and journey has surprised scientists all over the world, with 25 000 miles already tracked via her satellite tag

Title: Taking environmental education online in an under-resourced environment: inspiring children to care about the planet

Author: Maryke Musson, Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation

More information: The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, the non-profit and public benefit partner of the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa, reaches more than 100 000 children per annum through its incredible environmental education and outreach programmes. With the Covid-19 lockdown, the Foundation team immediately converted our education content to an online platform to continue informing and inspiring children to connect to the natural world and the ocean to increase positive impact. 

Title: A global investigation of the prevalence of negative visitor behaviour in the zoo setting

Author: Courtney Collins, University College Cork

More information: Many factors affect the welfare of zoo-housed animals with different species facing varying challenges in captivity. However, one of the things that defines a zoo and that all species must contend with is the presence of visitors. Previous research has shown that visitors have the ability to affect captive animals in positive and negative ways. This is dependent on several variables including species type, visitor number, noise and activity. The objective of this study is to quantify negative visitor behavior in the zoo on a large-scale, across a range of institutions, species and enclosure types. 

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is the global alliance of regional associations, national federations, zoos and aquariums, dedicated to the care and conservation of animals and their habitats around the world.