Denver Zoo has been awarded The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Significant Achievement in Education Award for its Toyota Elephant Passage (TEP) Education Program! The award recognizes outstanding achievement in educational program design, judging programs on their ability to promote conservation knowledge, attitudes and behavior, show innovation, and measure success.
Highlights from the TEP Education Program include:
- Zookeeper demonstrations at Toyota Elephant Passage shows for zoo guests in the McGrath Family Amphitheater one to two times daily.
- Providing programs for volunteers to interpret species and concepts at Guide Stations throughout TEP area using hands-o kits with specific messaging.
- Field Trip Discovery Units developed for teachers to facilitate field trips for their students using best practices in the field.
- Educational kits presented for both events and general zoo guests, which include “Remarkable Rhinos,” “Tremendous Tapirs,” “Collection Kaleidoscope,” (animal care leadership), “Poop to Platinum” (TEP sustainable features), “Elegant Elephants,” “LEEDing the Way,” and “Denver Zoo Conservation in Tropical Asia.”
“Denver Zoo’s Education and Volunteer Services Department always aims to achieve the highest standards and they hit it out of the park with the Toyota Elephant Passage Education Program,” says Denver Zoo President/CEO Shannon Block, “this program creates a connection between humans and animals, a vital component to achieving our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding,”
Denver Zoo’s TEP thorough suite of programming (44 in total) engages a wide range of audiences in stories related to, and about, the human and animal connections in Southeast Asia. Programs help Denver Zoo’s guests and program participants “uncover” essential information related to conservation of Asian ecosystems, the exhibit itself and sustainability concepts – all themes that emerged as relevant to our audience through front-end evaluation.
Visit the Toyota Elephant Passage at the Denver Zoo today!