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Zoo Revolution takes the viewer deep inside the increasingly controversial debate about the value of zoos in the 21st century. Love them or hate them, zoos are big business. Worldwide, zoos attract some 700 million visitors a year. In North America, annual attendance at zoos exceeds all the major sports franchises combined.

Many animal‐welfare advocates argue that zoos are a colossal waste of resources that would be better spent in 'the wild' where habitat loss, poaching and climate change are taking a terrible toll on the earth's species. Zoo supporters maintain that zoos are critically important in helping humans re-establish our connection with animals and the wilderness. Without that connection, many animal species will continue their relentless march towards extinction with little public awareness or reaction.

Zoo Revolution presents both sides of the argument though interviews with pro and anti‐zoo advocates. In Australia, the CEO of Zoos Victoria Jenny Grey maintains that contemporary zoos are playing a vital role in the struggle to save endangered species. In the UK, the Executive Director of the Born Free Foundation, Will Travers, argues that the money spent on zoos is enormously wasteful, and diverts valuable resources away from the wilderness where the real need lies. World‐renowned primatologist Jane Goodall takes the view that while some of the world's zoos treat animals abysmally, others do a good job of public education. Also interviewed is writer and zoo critic David Hancocks, considered by many to be the world's leading authority on the subject of zoos and zoo design.

Zoo Revolution travels to city zoos, wildlife parks, and unaccredited roadside attractions in Canada, the USA and Europe. In Germany, the viewer is taken inside the re‐invented Leipzig Zoo, a so‐called "zoo of the future". In Australia, a spotlight is shone on the efforts by staff at Zoos Victoria to fight the imminent extinction of local species, but zookeepers there are also engaged in the global struggle to protect rhinos and mountain gorillas.

Are zoos part of the solution? Or part of the problem?

Zoo Revolution was written and directed by multiple Gemini Award winner Geoff D'Eon for Dream Street Pictures, in association with CBC Television.

Credits (Click to expand)

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Producer
Annette Bradford

Associate Producer
Robert Ballantyne
Olena Sullivan

CBC-TV

Written and directed by
GEOFF D’EON

Producers
RICK LeGUERRIER and TIMOTHY M. HOGAN


Narrated by
ANN-MARIE MacDONALD

Director of Photography
WADE CORNELL

Editor
PETER GIFFIN

Music Composers
ASIF ILLYAS
SHEHAB ILLYAS

Motion Graphic Design
CHRIS PURCELL

Motion Graphics Assistant
BLAKE STILWELL

Colourist
MARC SAVOIE

Sound Design
ALLAN SCARTH

Location Sound
BRUCE THOMSEN

Sound Edit
ERIC LECLERC

Jib Operator
WADE CORNELL
JUSTIN GRANT

Post Production Coordinator
SARAH BOWLES

Production Manager
ANDREW BARNES

Production Accountant
TAMMY GOULD

Research
VALERIE MANSOUR

Archival Research
VALERIE MANSOUR
GINA CALI
SARAH BOWLES


Archival Material

Alicia Malone
Aquavision TV Productions
Artis Royal Zoo
Aspinall Foundation
Bates Y&R –Copenhagen
Beckmann-N'Thépé Architectes
CBC Archival Sales
Chicago History Museum
Chris DiGiorgio
ClaytonAnderson, Kozlove, TravelShots –
Pond5.com
CTV News Stox
Detroit Zoo
Dr Lindy Lumsden, Arthur Rylah Institute
Easy Street Productions
Elizabeth Allnutt
Getty Images
Gunther Eichhorn
Haru J. S. Jang , Temple University
Jim Moore
Kimbell Art Museum
Library of Congress
Magnum Photos
NGT/National Geographic Stock
NHNZ Moving Images
Prelinger Archives
Shutterstock
The Athenaeum
We Animals weanimals.org
Zoo Leipzig
Zoos Victoria

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In association with the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

© 2013 Dream Street ZR Pictures Inc.

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CATHERINE MALLIA
MICHAEL READMAN

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GRIFFIN ONDAATJE

Unit Manager
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PETER LEE

Presentation Producer
DAVID GIDDENS

Senior Producer
LINDA LAUGHLIN

Executive Producer
Doc Zone
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Documentary Programming
MARK STAROWICZ

 

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