According to a recent study by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the public places a high value on the role of these facilities in teaching children about the natural world, and to have respect for living creatures.
With the world’s population expected to grow to 10.5 billion in 2050 (from about 7.5 billion at current), we are going to be faced with significant challenges in maintaining a healthy and sustainable planet. Educating the next generation on the value of a healthy environment is of critical importance.
As such, it is vital for zoos and aquariums to provide healthy, clean, and odor-free facilities to keep attracting parents and children who are seeking to learn more about our planet’s natural ecosystem.
However, when dealing with a myriad of different types of animals, who are urinating and defecating in their various confines, it can be all too easy for foul odors to overcome a zoo or aquarium.
Although visitors are used to that musty, zoo-like odor, there are often times when the odor can become too unbearable for visitors and cause a missed opportunity to further educate children on the natural world.
Fortunately, by implementing the right odor management strategies, it is possible for zoos and aquariums to retain their unique “natural” odors without clouding the area with the smell of chemical-based cleaners.
In terms of a philosophical approach, as zoos and aquariums are the gateway to the natural world, it makes complete sense that these types of facilities should embrace more natural cleaning and odor management solutions.
For example, today’s eco-friendly odor management solutions don’t mask odors with harsh fragrances that can cause allergic reactions for the visitors, not to mention the animals themselves.
Just as zoos and aquariums aim to teach others to respect our natural surroundings, eco-friendly cleaners and odor management solutions mirror this effort by minimizing the damage that harsh chemicals can have on our planet.