MANAGEMENT OF ZOOS IN NIGERIA: ISSUES AND PROSPECTS

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MANAGEMENT OF ZOOS IN NIGERIA: ISSUES AND PROSPECTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title Page   -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -       

Approval Page      -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -       

Declaration -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -       

Dedication  -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -       

Acknowledgement         -        -        -        -        -        -        -       

Abstract      -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -       

Table of Contents -        -        -        -        -        -        -       

CHAPTER ONE – INTRODUCTION

1.1     Background of the Study        -        -        -        -        -       

1.2     Statement of the Problem       -        -        -        -       

1.3     Objectives of the Study -        -        -        -        -        -       

1.4     Research Questions       -        -        -        -        -        -       

1.5     Research Hypothesis     -        -        -        -        -        -       

1.6     Significance of the Study        -        -        -        -        -       

1.7     Scope of the Study         -        -        -        -        -        -       

1.8     Limitations of the Study         -        -        -        -        -

1.9     Definition of Terms       -        -        -        -        -        -       

CHAPTER TWO – REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE

2.1     Introduction         -        -        -        -        -        -        -       

2.2     Conceptual Framework -        -        -        -        -       

2.3     Empirical Review -        -        -        -        -        -

CHAPTER THREE – RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

3.1     Introduction         -        -        -        -        -        -        -       

3.2     Research Design  -        -        -        -        -        -       

3.3     Population of Study       -        -        -        -        -        -       

3.4     Sample size and Sampling Techniques      -        -        -       

3.5     Method of Data Collection      -        -        -        -        -       

3.6     Research Instrument

3.7     Validity of the Instrument      -        -        -        -        -       

3.8     Reliability of the Instrument  -        -        -        -       

3.9     Sampling Method -        -        -        -        -        -       

CHAPTER FOUR – DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS

4.1     Introduction         -        -        -        -        -        -        -       

4.2     Data Presentation and Analysis       -        -        -        -       

4.3     Testing Hypothesis        -        -        -        -        -        -       

CHAPTER FIVE – SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION

5.1     Summary    -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -       

5.2     Conclusion  -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -       

5.3     Recommendations         -        -        -        -        -        -       

         References -         -        -        -        -        -        -        -       

Appendix    -        -        -        -        -        -        -        -

CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
1.1       Background of the Study

The “zoo” is a monument to a long-standing tradition of people’s fascination with non-human nature. Since the early societies of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Chinese, wild animals have been maintained in captivity in order to satisfy human curiosity with exotica. Most western zoos today, however, embrace far more benevolent values—supporting the conservation of biodiversity through specialized animal breeding, research, and education programs. These aims are intended to move zoos along an evolutionary continuum that will see them eventually transformed from “living natural history cabinets” to “environmental resources centers” (Rabb 1994: 162).

‘The zoo is in such a condition that it’s no longer a zoo, it’s a concentration camp… When I look those animals in the eyes, I am ashamed to be a human being.’ (Tarnavska on Kiev Zoo, Fox News Europe, 2011).

The idea and concept of zoo keeping started in ancient times (Ayodele et al., 1999) with the first animal collections for public amusement being set up in ancient Egypt and China (Fa et al., 2011). The first zoos were originally just a collection of live wild animals on exhibition (menageries) for the amusement of the public (Omonona and Ayodele, 2011). They persisted until the establishment of the first formal in Vienna in 1752 (WAZA, 2006). Zoos at this time were still aimed to satisfy the public’s curiosities. It was not until the late 18th Century that the worth of zoos as centres of scientific research was recognised (Carr and Cohen, 2011). The first scientific zoo and charity was created in 1826 in London; the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The concern for the animals’ welfare and interest in conservation of species, are recent developments, which started after the Second World War (Knowles, 2003). The World Association of Zoos and Aquarium (WAZA) now provide a common standard of practice to guide zoos worldwide.

The roles of a modern zoo includes education, captive breeding, recreation, scientific research and economic reasons (Omonona and Ayodele, 2011; Baker, 2007; Patrick et al., 2007; WAZA, 2006). A paramount objective for zoo keeping out of these roles is for recreation (Omonona and Ayodele, 2011) serving as places of relaxation and entertainment and provides opportunity for people to satisfy their natural curiosity of seeing different species of animals especially from different areas of the world. People of all ages enjoy visiting zoos because of the joy of seeing different species of animals at a specific place (Uloko and Iwar, 2011; Ayodele and Alarape, 1998; Croke, 1997). Some 1000 zoos and aquariums worldwide receive more than 600 million visitors every year (WAZA, 2005). Visiting zoos is a popular family-oriented leisure activity, usually involving a one-day visit (Ryan and Saward, 2004; Chris and Jan, 2004; Turley, 2001).

In the early 1990s the role of zoos in species conservation was one of maintaining populations of threatened species in captivity, acting as conservation arks. This function was seen as an appropriate role for zoos because of their long tradition in breeding and transporting animals. The ark concept is analogous to Noah’s Ark: Threatened species are kept in captivity until they can be safely reintroduced in the wild (Bowkett 2009). But the ark concept has been seriously challenged given its limitations such as restricted zoo space, difficulties maintaining self-sustaining populations for long periods, risks of domestication, exposure to new diseases, poor success of reintroductions, and high costs (Snyder et al. 1996). One persistent concern was that policy makers might neglect the need to protect habitats and ecosystems by over relying on zoological gardens as arks. One of the topics of discussion at the time was whether to protect species in Arks or protected areas (Balmford, Leader-Williams, and Green 1995), implying that zoos could substitute the existence of protected areas and National Parks for the protection of threatened species. Today there is no doubt that the only “Ark” is the ecosystems ark, and that captive breeding in zoos or other facilities is only a short term tool for the conservation of threatened species.

While zoos have changed significantly since their origins, further progress may be frustrated by some zoo professionals’ understandings of and reactions to significant philosophical and practical challenges. Debates about zoo policy include questions such as: what constitutes zoos’ conservation obligations? What is the moral and scientific basis of zoos? Should zoos exist at all? (Norton et al. 1995). Traditionally, zoo professionals have responded to the zoo debate by re-emphasizing zoos’ technical or logistical capabilities to deliver conservation programs. As we see it, the process of resolving the competing ideas, beliefs, and perceptions about the appropriateness and feasibility of zoos’ goals and operations is far more central than defending zoo performance. It may be that before zoos can complete their evolution, more attention must be turned towards a greater understanding of zoos’ collective decision-making processes and organizational arrangements. That is, to what degree do zoos’ organizational structures, cultures and operations impede or enable realization of their conservation goals?

One important element in effective zoo management of ex situ populations is the interaction and coordination among institutions. Many zoos participate in approximately twenty national, regional, or global zoo associations, such as the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Internet and software technology connect zoos to one another worldwide, facilitating their collection planning and species management. The International Species Information System (ISIS) is a nonprofit organization that provides zoological data collection services and software, enabling more than eight hundred zoos and aquaria throughout the world to conduct effective animal exchange programs.

The ISIS database contains information on approximately 2.6 million individuals (almost 15,000 taxa/10,000 species) and is constantly growing. Members of ISIS have access to software that provides basic biological information on animals such as age, sex, parentage, place of birth, and circumstances of death. Organizations and institutions use ISIS to manage their inventory, control the genetic and demographic makeup of their animal collections, find appropriate new animals for their collections, and locate facilities with experience in breeding and raising offspring. This information network is one of the most valuable resources zoos have for collection planning, an aspect of zoological garden work that is becoming ever more important for conservation purposes (ISIS 2012).

Zoo tourism is a niche under wildlife tourism which can be described as tourism undertaken to view and /or encounter non-domesticated animals in captive and semi-captive environment (CRC, 2001, 2008; Newsome et al., 2005). Zoo tourism in Nigeria dates back to the existence of the oldest zoological garden ‘Jos Museum Zoo’ in 1945 by for the purpose of research and tourism. Today, Nigeria has twenty two zoological gardens (Table 1) across the various geopolitical zones of the country: two are federal government owned, ten are state government owned, two are privately owned and eight are institutionally owned (seven and one by federal universities and state university respectively).

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