Creating Connections to Islands Far, by Connecting to People Near: Building a Madagascar Exhibit with the Human Element in Mind

Appeared October 2021
Published in Animal Keepers’ Forum

In Creating Connections to Islands Far, by Connecting to People Near: Building a Madagascar Exhibit with the Human Element in Mind Advanced Inquiry Program alum and animal keeper Brittany Behler describes her role in creating a Madagascar experience for zoo guests and creating empathy for the ecosystem and the species it serves — animal or human. Behler writes:

“When creating new signage for an exhibit that highlights the island ecosystem of Madagascar for example, it can be approached in many ways: highlighting the limited resources, the struggles of the species that live there, and the human impacts that can determine the fate of these delicate ecosystems. However, there is one major element missing from the picture we attempt to build with our graphics; the people who share the space with these species.”

Behler’s article appears in the 2021 October issue of Animal Keepers’ Forum, a journal of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). More about AAZK can be found at AAZK.org.