Columbus zoo loses accreditation, illustrates problem with wildlife acquisition and trade

'The Conservation Game' examines the wild animal trade
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Earlier this month, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium lost its accreditation from The Association of Zoos and Aquariums - the industry's top accrediting body.

There were serious concerns raised involving the acquisitions of animals, and other business practices. The zoo has stated that they plan to appeal the decision and that it has cut off ties with various animal vendors.

That story is notable by itself, but there was also news about Jack Hanna, the beloved zookeeper, and longtime Director of The Columbus Zoo, and his wildlife practices.

The concerns were raised in the film "The Conservation Game", and today we'll talk to the film's Director, Michael Webber, as well as the Executive Director of The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Later in the hour, our Tony Ganzer discusses the importance of The United Nations at the moment in history, as we see unprecendented cooperation in the face of the global pandemic.

And finally, a preview of a new art exhibit at Kent State University that traces his historical significance of hair in African American culture.


- Chris Kuhar, PhD, Executive Director, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
- Michael Webber, Director, "The Conservation Game"
- Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
- Tameka Ellington, PhD, Curator & Associate Professor of Design at the Kent State University
- David C. Barnett, Senior Arts Reporter, Ideastream Public Media

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