Friday, October 22, 2010

Involvement at the Zoo

Had the chance to visit the Columbus Zoo this weekend. I must say I was impressed. The zoo is huge, with several rare and endangered animals on display. The information provided is exhaustive and for a nature lover the whole experience is quite a treat.

Once again, I’m struck by how much public institutions in the US involve the community around them. For example, there were numerous exhibits were the Ohio State University had collaborated with the Zoo in some way. Local businesses were sponsors (although whether that’s really beneficial is debatable). There were several opportunities for the local public to volunteer for the zoo and get involved.

This is quite different from the way things are run back in India. The zoo at Indore, for example, is a closed institution with no way for the public to get involved. All we can do is buy a ticket and see the show.

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