Report on the Economic and Social Contribution of the Zoological Industry in Australia
This report was commissioned by the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (now the Zoo and Aquarium Association) to assist it to determine the economic and social value that wildlife parks, zoos and aquariums contribute to Australia. The consultants have assessed five main possible values of zoological organisations (zoos).
- Economic value, measured in terms of contributions to Gross Domestic Product, employment and tourism (production value).
- Value for consumers, measured via visitor survey results, the revenue and financial support provided to zoos and consumer surplus (recreational value).
- Value of contribution to conservation, measured by the nature and results of in-situ and ex-situ programs and research.
- Value of contribution to education, measured by the nature and results of school, tertiary and visitor education programs and their links to raising conservation awareness and motivating behaviour change.
- Value of contribution to bio-security, measured by the role zoos play in protecting Australia’s biodiversity and environment and primary production industries.
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National Zoo Biosecurity Manual (March 2011)
The National Zoo Biosecurity Manual (NZBM) was produced as a cooperative initiative between the Zoo and Aquarium Association, the Australian Wildlife Health Network, the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Australian Zoo Industry.
Guidelines (numbered sequentially for each section) outline the recommended practices to achieve best practice zoo biosecurity outcomes. The Manual outlines both basic guidelines and higher level guidelines for all zoos.
A biosecurity self audit checklist for ongoing assessment and improvement is available, in electronic format, as a supplement to this Manual.
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