June Zoo & Aquarium Month
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ZOO & AQUARIUM MONTH

Summer is here and its a great time to get out there and visit our wonderful zoos and aquariums.

175 million people visit U.S. zoos and aquariums each year and their popularity is growing as more and more people are coming to appreciate the real value these facilities add to conservation and education.

These facilities are, for most of us, the only opportunity we’ll have to view animals up close. That’s why many zoos and aquariums offer excellent teaching resources for students and educators.

Next to education, conservation is a key mission for zoos and aquariums. Noted naturalist and animal enthusiast Jack Hanna recently wrote a column discussing they’re critical role in protecting species and conservation efforts. We’ve been covering and will continue to cover facilities’ conservation projects, like, SeaWorld’s ongoing efforts to rescue and rehabilitate sea lions along the California coast.
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Summer is here and its a great time to get out there and visit our wonderful zoos and aquariums.

175 million people visit U.S. zoos and aquariums each year and their popularity is growing as more and more people are coming to appreciate the real value these facilities add to conservation and education.

These facilities are, for most of us, the only opportunity we’ll have to view animals up close. That’s why many zoos and aquariums offer excellent teaching resources for students and educators.

Next to education, conservation is a key mission for zoos and aquariums. Noted naturalist and animal enthusiast Jack Hanna recently wrote a column discussing they’re critical role in protecting species and conservation efforts. We’ve been covering and will continue to cover facilities’ conservation projects, like, SeaWorld’s ongoing efforts to rescue and rehabilitate sea lions along the California coast.
Did you know that it is estimated that a total of 175 million visitors in the United States alone, visit zoos and aquariums on an annual basis.

The summer just started and this is the perfect occasion to start celebrating by visiting the local Zoo or an aquarium near you. But there is one more reason to head out and visit the animals: it is a whole month dedicated to their preservation and conservation, dedicated to keeping the wildlife species protected.

Zoos and aquariums are facilities where we can see some of the most exotic and most dangerous wild animals up close, but still at a safe distance. Some people will argue that zoos and aquariums are jails for the animals and they exist only for the profit of people.
National Zoos and Aquariums Month is celebrated annually to honor the role of zoos and aquariums in conservation, education, recreation, and research. National Zoos and Aquariums Month is also intended to promote and encourage more individuals to visit American zoos and aquariums. 

Each year, 175 million people visit U.S. zoos and aquariums. Zoos and aquariums are becoming more popular, as more and more build exhibits that closely resemble wildlife environments. Furthermore, zoos and aquariums provide an array of engaging and interactive educational programs and resources, which allow many individuals to learn about science in an informal setting. For example, the San Diego zoo offers ready-to-use curriculum, classroom kits, videoconferencing, in-class visits from a zoo educator and animals, and an array of other hands-on activities for students.  

These programs and resources can significantly improve science-learning outcomes for individuals from groups that are historically underrepresented in science, such as women and minorities (Source: http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?recordid=12190).

Each year about 50 million children and 12 million student learners visit U.S. zoos and aquariums. Summarized in table 1 are the top ten most-visited zoos in the United States. Popular U.S. aquariums include the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA, and Montereybay Aquarium in Monterey, CA.
National Zoo and Aquarium Month is an excellent time to plan your trip and make a donation to favorite zoo or aquarium.

Launch into summer by visiting an aquarium or zoo near you. All around the country, parks are gearing up for visitors. They offer programs all year round regarding the wildlife they support that are education and fun.

HOW TO OBSERVE

There’s more than one way to explore your zoo or aquarium.

Many zoos offer passes that are good at other wildlife parks and aquariums across the country.
Learn about vanishing habitat and conservation while visiting the wildlife parks.
Check out their rehabilitation programs and learn how zoologist and veterinarians help injured animals return to the wild.
Sponsor one of your favorite creatures! Many programs offer a way to help support the wildlife we enjoy most, especially those that are endangered.
Speaking of endangered species, learn about reduced populations and find out which ones are making comebacks.
Which zoos have nurseries? Several wildlife programs pair up to create conservative breeding programs to help create a sustainable population. Ask if your zoo participates in Species Survival Plans.
June is National Zoo & Aquarium Month and therefore the perfect time to visit California’s zoos and aquariums—both to see a planet’s worth of creatures and to better understand their dynamics within our world.

The beginning of summer season also brings us World Oceans Day on June 8—observed at locations such as the Aquarium of the Pacific and Monterey Bay Aquarium—along with extra offerings all summer long, including new family-friendly exhibits and cool after-hours experiences. Here are some good reasons to plan your visit to a zoo or aquarium today.
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