Annual Zoo Conference Decends On KC, Examines New Challenges

Sep 10, 2013

Lions, tigers and (panda) bears, oh my! Two thousand zoo and aquarium professionals are in Kansas City this week for the annual convention of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

Lions lounge at the Kansas City Zoo.
Credit Shawn Kinkade/ Flickr-CC

In the first part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we take a look at the challenges zoos face these days and how that's been affecting attendance. We also discuss what zoos are hoping their visitors get out of the experience. 


  • Randy Wisthoff is director of the Kansas City Zoo.
  • Jim Maddy is the director of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.