Jul 16

National Poll Finds Marine Parks, Aquariums and Zoos Best Places for Children to Learn About, Connect with Marine Mammals

by Staff

A new review of data from two separate national opinion polls demonstrates there is consistent and overwhelming public support for marine mammal facilities and their role in conservation education.

Ninety-seven percent of people agree that marine life parks, aquariums and zoos are important because they educate children about marine mammals – animals that children might not have the opportunity to see in the wild.

The Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct online polls released in 2005 and 2012 that evaluated public attitudes toward marine mammals in public display facilities. The overwhelmingly high percentage of support – 97 percent – remained consistent in both polls.

The survey also shows that:

97 percent agree that zoos and aquariums are important because they educate children about marine mammals;

89 percent agree that kids learn more about marine mammals at an aquarium or zoo than in a school classroom;

88 percent agree that you can learn about animals at marine parks in a way that can’t be replicated by watching movies or TV;

94 percent agree that children are more likely to be concerned about animals if they learn about them at aquariums and zoos, and that visiting can inspire kids to take conservation action;

40 percent of Americans (about 125 million people) have visited a marine park, aquarium or zoo in the last 12 months, including 56 percent of households with children (about 20 million households).