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One of the major challenges facing zoos in the 21st Century is the balance between maximising the impact of our conservation message and the responsibilities to the animal collection. According to recent research, experiential exhibits and close encounters with animals, with an emphasis on conservation action, are the most effective ways to influence visitor's conservation behaviours (AZA, 2006). Zoos can provide memorable and motivating animal encounters. However, Government legislation, strategies, procedures and policies must be followed to ensure that zoos are meeting the health and welfare needs of the animals. This paper outlines the initiatives that the Taronga Conservation Society Australia has taken to find the balance.

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Adelman, M. Falk, J. and James, S. 2000. Impact of National Aquarium in Baltimore on Visitors' Conservation Attitudes, Behaviour and Knowledge. Curator 43 (1): 33-62.
AZA, 2006 Why Zoos and Aquariums Matter: Results from the Multi-Institutional Research Program (MIRP),. American Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Silver Springs, MD http://www.aza.org/ConEd/
BANR (Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources), 2004 Animal Care and Management at the National Zoo, National Academies Press, National Academy of Sciences (U.S., Inc NetLibrary): 25-27
Naked. 2006 Peoples' Usage and Attitudes of Taronga Zoo. Unpublished report to Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Naked Communications. Sydney
Owen, T. 2006 Twelve Reasons Experiences Beat Exhibits, Washington. The Informal Learning Review. Volume Jan - Feb: 20-21
Pine, J. and Gilmore, J. 1999 The Experience Economy. Harvard Business School Press, Boston.
Smith, L. 2006 Zoos and Behaviour Change: Lip Service or Genuinely Possible? Annual Proceedings of the ARAZPA Conference. Perth Zoo.http://www.arazpa.org.au/ARAZPA-Conference-Proceedings/default.aspx
TCSA Education Strategy, 2005. Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Mosman.
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