Grand Valley Zoological Quest (GVZQ) is a FOR IMPACT ORGANIZATION which seeks to create the only educational zoological center located on the Western Slope of Colorado. Our goal is to have A POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITY by improving the economic base through tourist development, education, and enhancement of our beautiful valley’s lifestyle.
Over 175 million people visit zoos and aquariums annually; contributing over 16 billion dollars into our nation’s economy. 45-65% of guests who visit zoos and aquariums are from out of town, which translates into tourist dollars spent locally for food, shopping, gas, lodging, and will link guests to other tourist activities in our area. Companies relocating look to communities with educational and recreational opportunities for their employees. New industries beget new industries.
Education is of great importance to GVZQ . US Labor & Statics reports that 60% of jobs between now and 2018 will be in the science related fields. GVZQ’s EdZOOcational programs are designed by professional zoologist and licensed teacher to exceed the State of Colorado Science Standards. Since January, 2011, nearly 10,000 students have participated in our EdZOOcational programs, connecting individuals with animals and nature. Research supports that children exposed to animals and nature:
- Show a greater awareness of their environment.
- Have higher intelligence as seen through standardize test scores.
- Demonstrate a better understanding of empathy and responsibility.
- Grow up to be better stewards of the environment
Research further demonstrates that populations of individuals such as: the elderly, autistic, developmental disabled, physically disabled, and Veterans suffering from PTSD, report positive benefits to their lifestyle when interacting with animals.
Scientist estimate that over 27,000 species are lost annually, GVZQ will work with the Association for Zoos and Aquariums on global, regional, and species survival plans. GVZQ will partner with regional colleges and local high schools on research with species within our facility and in the wild. Internships will lead to jobs and published results.
GVZQ is devoted to our species, providing naturalistic habits where animals roam free and visitors remain captive! We hope you will join us on the fascinating quest to POSITIVELY IMPACT OUR COMMUNITY. Grand Valley Zoological Quest is devoted to education, research, and conservation of exhibited species as well as the entertainment and enrichment to those who visit.