Creating A Conservation Ethic

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  • Article discusses educational programs begun in the early 1980's to assist Latin American countries in their efforts to build environmental awareness and to use the knowledge gained to develop wildlife management conservation plans. In 1981, the World Wildlife Fund started an elementary school-level conservation education program in Costa Rica, and by 1984 had expanded the successful program to several other Latin American countries.
  • Responding to the need for trained professionals educated in wildlife conservation and management planning, the World Wildlife Fund, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Zoological Park's Conservation and Research Center (CRC) became sponsors of programs which conducted various types of conservation education for Latin Americans. The CRC, as an example, gave a 6-week course to teach research methods to higher-level students and budding professionals from developing countries by providing hands-on research with both captive and wild animals.


  • World Wildlife Fund
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Conservation Biology Institute (National Zoological Park)
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Americas Vol. 37, No. 6 (Journal)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


November/December 1985


  • Wildlife habitat improvement
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Habitat conservation
  • Wildlife
  • Education
  • Ecology
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Environmental education


  • Front Royal (Va.)
  • Latin America

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p. 12-16

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