Zoo Story is an independent documentary film that tells viewers about the past, present and future of American zoos. We trace the fascinating and little-known story of how zoos have evolved from places largely devoted to recreation with a secondary focus on science to centers for wildlife and habitat conservation as well as environmental education.
More than just a film for national broadcast, Zoo Story’s extensive educational outreach effort will involve zoos as well as environmental groups, public agencies and academic institutions.
Our goal is to highlight the key role zoos play in wildlife conservation and as gateways for environmental awareness for millions of people. Yet zoos are not perfect. We look at some of the failures and follies from the past as well as evaluate what works and what doesn’t as the definition of what a zoo should be continues to evolve. We also focus on how zoos serve as civic institutions and leading attractions in most major metropolitan areas.