THE ZOO & AQUARIUM VIDEO ARCHIVE is the recording on videotape interviews with individuals that have played a key role in developing zoos and aquariums across the country. In doing so, we preserve for the future generations, the development, creative process and the experience of the zoo culture. Recording its stories, trials and triumphs that make up their history and the people who made this history possible. Not recording their thoughts and their memories leaves a wealth of knowledge and experience lost for all times.
The archives will include the follow: Recording on videotape interviews the Directors and Director Emeritus, Veterinarians as well as Curators and other AZA leaders.
Videotaping of any notable photographs or memorabilia, transferring of old films or videotapes to DVD that contain footage of the zoos or aquariums and possibly other pre-existing interviews with other notable leaders.
User-friendly transcriptions of all interviews.
If there ever was a way to honor and preserve a legacy, a video archive is the most complete and multi-faceted way to do so. Books can be written but the power of listening to someone speak, to see their face, watch their expressions and hear their stories first hand has great power and connection that no other medium can duplicate. Unless we preserve these memories the link to the past will be lost for generations to come.