Idaho Falls philanthropist Greg Carr visits with Steve Burns, director of Zoo Boise and the president-elect of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, during Burns' tour of Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park.
"I truly think that zoos and aquariums in the United States could be the biggest source of revenue for wildlife conservation in the world," says Burns, director of Zoo Boise and the president-elect of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
For historical precedent, he
cites the role of the Bronx Zoo in saving the American bison.
"What's exciting about this is that Steve
told me, 'Greg, we're glad to help you, but you need to realize something: Gorongosa
advances the Zoo Boise mission and it makes the experience of going to the zoo better for people who go.'"
And zoos are uniquely poised to lead in wildlife conservation, Burns
Zoo Boise has a goal of dedicating 10 percent of its budget to conservation efforts, and in recent years it's averaging about 15 percent, says Burns
- "which is one of the highest percentages of any zoo in the country."
"When we talk, they listen," says Burns
"That's the cool thing about Zoo Boise."