Zoological parks are recognized by the European Union for their important contribution to biodiversity conservation.
Top quality zoological parks provide professional care and breeding of many endangered species, and engage in scientific research that benefits animals in zoos and in the wild.
Zoological parks also serve a vital role in educating the public about habitat and species conservation. Direct experiences with animals can motivate more conservation minded-behavior.
Marine mammals, such a sea-lions, dolphins and polar bears, are popular and charismatic animals that are often exhibited in zoological parks. Some parks are even designed predominately or exclusively for the exhibition of these warmblooded animals that live in water.
Founded in 1972, the European Association for Aquatic Mammals (EAAM) is a non-profit organization that brings together zoological parks and individuals devoted to the conservation and welfare of marine mammals in human care and in the wild
Zoos are places where families can spend time together and tourists can enjoy a day of respite. Broadly accessible to persons with disabilities, zoological parks are interesting and engaging destinations for special and aging populations.
In short, zoological parks are community resources that offer a great deal for families and individual family members at every stage of life while also providing conservation and local economic benefits.
Most people have fond memories of childhood visits to a zoo with family or their classmates during a school trip. Many will have learned about animals and nature through camps, internships or summer jobs at zoos. Some will have turned such experiences into careers as veterinarians, animal caretakers, nutritionists, or zoo directors.