The use of technology to enhance zoological parks

Andrea W. Clay, Bonnie M. Perdue, Diann E. Gaalema, Francine L. Dolins, Mollie A. Bloomsmith

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Technology can be used in a zoological setting to improve visitor experience, increase research opportunities, and enhance animal welfare. Evaluating the quality of these technological innovations and their use by nonhuman and human counterparts is a critical part of extending the uses of technology to enhance animal welfare and visitor experience at zoological parks. Survey data from a small sample of institutions housing primates suggest that computers, television, radio, and sprinklers are the most prevalent types of technological enrichment currently used. Survey respondents were positive about the technology implemented, stating a desire to increase its use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-497
Number of pages11
JournalZoo Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Computers
  • Enrichment
  • Technology
  • Visitor experience
  • Welfare
  • Zoo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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