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20th International Zoo and Aquarium Educators Conference

September 28-October 2, 2010
Hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom

Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA

The 20th IZE Conference was hosted by Disney's Animal Kingdom and held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA. The theme for the conference was "Connecting Children to Nature." There were 138 participants from 28 countries. The conference was opened by Pocahontas, followed by a welcome by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President of Animal Programs and Environmental Initiatives, and keynote speaker Larry Selzer, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Conservation Fund.

View the conference schedule.

Educators from around the world shared their exciting education programs, partnerships and evaluations through 47 paper presentations, 19 poster presentations, 3 panels, and 4 workshops. View the collection of abstracts from all the presentations. During the conference, great connections between zoo educators were made. If you would like to follow-up with someone, view the list of conference participants. On the last day of the conference, open-space sessions were held allowing time for discussions of specific topics. Each session's notes have been compiled and are available to view.

In order to understand the needs of IZE members and be able to better tailor future conferences to meet those needs, an evaluation of the conference was conducted. The conference evaluation consisted of eight questions, allowing participants to rank the conference on individual factors as well as the overall conference experience. Read the conference evaluation results.

Sponsored Delegate Information

IZE was excited to welcome our IZE Grants Recipients to the Conference. This group of educators represents eight different countries!

  Congratulations to all!

  1. Aidan Jullian Asekenye – Jane Goodall Institute, Uganda, Africa
  2. Payal Molur Bhojwani – Go Wild Workshops, India
  3. Diana Casalins – Baranquilla Zoo, Colombia, South America
  4. Pierrot Kakule Mbonzo -  Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, DRC, Africa
  5. Joseph Karama – Dian Fossey Gorilla Foundation, Rwanda, Africa
  6. Xu Ping – Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Sichuan, China
  7. Mamatha Sathyanarayana - De Paul Residential School and College, Mysore, India
  8. Norma Villarrubia – Puerto Rico Zoo, Puerto Rico
  9. YiMei Wang - Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Sichuan, China
  10. Meena Nareshwar – Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad, India

Silent Auction

At the conference, IZE hosted a silent auction to raise funds for the IZE Grants program. Thanks to your wonderful generosity, there were 78 different items available! Through the friendly bidding process, over US$1500 was raised for the IZE Grants program. Thank you to all who participated!

Carbon Offsets

The 2010 IZE Conference was very proud to be a carbon neutral event.  Every participant’s airfare, on-site transportation and all energy use during the conference was calculated to determine carbon offset levels which were reinvested in the Garcia River Forest Project, a California project that demonstrates that forest restoration can achieve verifiable emissions reductions by sequestering carbon in the living biomass of forests.  To learn more about the Garcia River Project, visit: www.conservationfund.org/west/california/garcia.

Conference Photographs

Contact Us

If you have any follow-up questions, please email the IZE Conference Planning Committee at wdw.ize@disney.com.


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