With the addition of the aquarium, the Kansas City Zoo will be positioned to conduct new conservation projects to educate guests and increase the Zoo’s role in critical initiatives. These programs include:
- Working with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program to help consumers choose seafood that is fished or farmed in ways that are healthier for ocean animal welfare and the environment.
- Helping to ensure the conservation of endangered species of corals found off the coast of the U.S. and in the Caribbean.
- Partnering with rescue centers to provide a home for sea otters when returning them to the ocean is not a viable option.
Key results of a visitor impact study by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums demonstrate that visits to zoos and aquariums prompt individuals to reconsider their roles in environmental problems and conservation action, and to see themselves as part of the solution. Visitors believe zoos and aquariums play an important role in conservation education and animal care and feel they experience a stronger connection to nature as a result of their visit.
In addition to providing an inspiring visitor experience, the Zoo will also be providing an ocean-themed, standards-aligned curriculum for schools. Our curriculum is already free to all Jackson and Clay county schools and reaches more than 23,000 students annually. This new venture will bring the ocean to area classrooms.