ABEC251 Zoo Animal Management

Managing zoos requires more than knowledge of animal husbandry. In this course, we will focus on a number of aspects of zoo management, including education, conservation, budgets, hiring, population management and operations. Much of the course work will involve projects (some individual, some group) to provide realistic learning opportunities.


Zoo structure and organization

AZA accreditation

Managing individual animals

Behavioral monitoring

Animal records

Abnormal behavior

Housing and exhibitry

Zoo animal welfare


Managing populations: software tools

Managing staff

Managing budgets

Managing education programs

Managing conservation programs

Managing research programs


Contact Info: Susan Margulis, PhD, Canisius College , 2001 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14208                                                                                     margulis@canisius.edu