'Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums' Award Honors Congressman Bachus

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'Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums' Award Honors Congressman Bachus

May 11, 2011

Silver Spring, Maryland– The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced the recipient of its first annual “Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums” Award: Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL-6).

Presented at the Annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums Congressional Reception on May 11, 2011, this award commemorates the outstanding work done by Congressman Bachus as a long-standing Co-Chair of the Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus. Congressman Bachus represents the Birmingham Zoo in Alabama.

“Congressman Bachus understands the importance of the economic impact and science education programs of the Birmingham Zoo,” said Jim Maddy, President and CEO of AZA. “His support of the Birmingham Zoo and his role as co-founder of the Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus has been invaluable.”

“At zoos and aquariums, we all learn to appreciate and respect the majesty of wildlife and nature, but they are more than places to take a family to visit,” said Congressman Bachus. “They are centers of conservation, sometimes right in the heart of the city.  They conduct education and valuable research.  That is why I have been such a strong supporter of this caucus and why I have recommended it to my colleagues for many years.”

“Congressman Bachus is a frequent visitor to the Birmingham Zoo with his family. He appreciates the value that the zoo provides the children of Birmingham,” said Dr. William Foster, President and CEO of the Birmingham Zoo. “He did not hesitate to step up and become a founding Co-Chair of the Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus. We are grateful for his leadership.”

The Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus advances the conservation science and education mission of the nation’s 213 accredited zoos and aquariums. The goals of the Caucus are to:

  • Recognize the impact of America’s zoos and aquariums as they promote science education, conservation and family recreation;
  • Foster appreciation for the work of zoos and aquariums as they inspire stewardship, caring and discovery of wildlife and wild places; and
  • Promote zoos and aquariums as centers of excellence in science education, wildlife conservation, and natural partners with public schools.

Congressman Spencer Bachus is the representative for the Sixth District of Alabama.  A proponent of conservation research and education, Congressman Bachus authored the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge to protect Alabama’s longest free-flowing river.  He has been a legislative advocate for transportation improvements, tornado safety and our nation’s veterans among many issues. Congressman Bachus is Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.   He is the author and sponsor of the FACT Act, which established strong new identity theft protections and entitles consumers to a free copy of their credit report.  Congressman Bachus is a co-founder of the Zoo and Aquarium Caucus and continues to serve as co-chair.  At home, he has worked to promote awareness and the growth of Birmingham Zoo, one the most popular attractions in the State of Alabama.

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