AZA News Releases

Association of Zoos and Aquariums and U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance Join Forces

Today, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (USWTA) announced their joining of forces in a united effort to fight the global epidemic in wildlife trafficking. Effective immediately, Sara Walker former Executive Director or the USWTA, will join the AZA staff in Silver Spring, Maryland and the USWTA is now a program of the AZA. “Wildlife trafficking is a global epidemic, and is driving some of the world’s most beloved animals to... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Wednesday, February 14, 2018

AZA Kicks Off Fifth Year of Professional Development Training Program for Potential Future Executives of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums

Silver Spring, MD – Ten talented zoo and aquarium professionals will begin training to become the next generation of leaders of AZA-accredited facilities through the AZA’s Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), now in its fifth year. Based on a survey of directors at AZA aquariums and zoos, it is estimated that there will be approximately 20 zoo or aquarium director openings ‎per year for the next 10 years at facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, January 31, 2018

AZA Statement on Cetacean Announcement by Vancouver Aquarium

Silver Spring, Maryland  – The Vancouver Aquarium, an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), today announced that it would no longer display whales and dolphins at the aquarium, with the exception of doing what is best for the Pacific white-sided dolphin currently in its care and any rescued cetaceans that may require temporary housing. In response, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of AZA, issued the following statement: “When your choices are... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Thursday, January 18, 2018

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Urges NJ Gov. Christie’s Veto of “Nosey’s Law,” Continues Support of Original Bill

Update: Governor Christie did not sign "Nosey's Law," effectively ending the legislation for this term. Silver Spring, MD  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) strongly urges New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to veto an amended version of “Nosey’s Law” regulating the use of elephants in entertainment and education. The original version of “Nosey’s Law” (S. 2508), as first introduced in September 2017, would... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Thursday, January 11, 2018

AZA Expands SAFE Conservation Initiative with Addition of Four New Species

Silver Spring, Maryland  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has announced the addition of four species to the AZA SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction® (SAFE) initiative, furthering collaborative conservation efforts to save the world’s most vulnerable animals from extinction. In 2017, giraffes, African vultures, black-footed ferrets, and radiated tortoises were selected, bringing the total number of SAFE Species to 14. Species eligible for the SAFE program... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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