Future of Zoos; Cashmere Farming (Hour 1)

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Zoos: Our love-hate relationship with zoos. We love to go. But we worry that something about them isn't quite right. This week, four experts discuss what they hope the zoos of the future might be like.

What a Gift: Chris and Christina Silver lost a barn to fire on their cashmere goat farm. They didn't have insurance. It was devastating, but an outpouring of support turned out to be a greater gift.

For more information and music used in this hour ...


Canadians love zoos and aquariums. And they are VERY big business. In fact, they draw bigger crowds than all of professional sports put together. We love to go. But we worry about zoos too.

Partly as a response to public pressure, some zoos are changing ... evolving from purely entertainment venues into forces for education and conservation. Four people joined guest host Kevin Sylvester to discuss what the future might hold for zoos and aquariums.

David Hancocks has been one of the world's preeminent zoo architects and directors for over thirty years. During this time he has worked as director at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and most recently the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Victoria, Australia. He is the author of A Different Nature: The Paradoxical World of Zoos and their Uncertain Future. He now works as a design and planning consultant to zoos and wild animal sanctuaries.

Dr. Naomi Rose wrote her PhD thesis on the social dynamics of male orcas in the coastal waters of British Columbia.She then went on to become the Senior Scientist with Humane Society International, where she specializes in the protection of marine mammals.

Dr. Jake Veasey is the Director of Animal Management, Conservation and Research at the Calgary Zoo. Before he came to Canada in 2010, Dr. Veasey held the same position at the Woburn Safari Park in England. He is a member of several international advisory bodies for the conservation and care of wild animals.

And Rob Laidlaw is the executive director of Zoocheck Canada. Zoocheck is a national animal protection charity that works to promote and protect the interests and well-being of wild animals.

Music Used in Hour One

Aquarium from Carnaval of the Animals by Saint-Saens, performed by the Festival Ensemble of the Festival of the Sound, conducted by James Campbell

Prelude N14 BWV 859 by J.S. Bach, performed by Glenn Gould

Radio Shoes by Bruce Cockburn

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