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Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute Director Dennis Kelly Sworn-In as Chair of the Board at Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Past Chair of the AZA Board of Directors Dennis Pate (left) presents Chair of the Board Dennis Kelly (right) with a gavel to officially mark the beginning of his term     Silver Spring, Maryland – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is announcing the swearing-in of Dennis Kelly, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, as the new Chair of the AZA Board of Directors. “Dennis’s extensive... Read More
at Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Critical Wildlife Conservation and Research Projects Funded by AZA-Accredited Zoos and Aquariums

Silver Spring, MD – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced AZA Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) grants totaling nearly $250,000 to be awarded to 13 projects. “AZA’s Conservation Grants Fund provides support to AZA members who are working to expand our knowledge about wildlife species and the threats they face in their natural ranges,” said AZA Senior Vice President of Conservation and Science Dr. Debborah Luke. “These scientists, wildlife... Read More
at Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Awards 44 Nature Play Grants

Silver Spring, Md. – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced the recipients of 37 “ Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium ” grants. With support from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF), these competitive grants, selected through a rigorous review by a panel of industry experts, are being presented to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education. “AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums play an... Read More
at Wednesday, September 14, 2016

AZA Board of Directors Announces USFWS Director Dan Ashe As Organization’s Next President and CEO

Silver Spring, MD -  The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Board of Directors today announced the selection of current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel M. Ashe as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of its 233-member organization. In January, Ashe will succeed Jim Maddy, who retired from AZA earlier this year. “Leading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a great honor and privilege, and I look forward to the opportunity to help lead a community of... Read More
at Friday, August 19, 2016

AZA-Accredited Facilities Assist in Historic Reintroduction of Black-footed Ferrets to Natural Range

Black-footed Ferret, National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center (Ryan Hagerty/USFWS) Silver Spring, Maryland (August 3, 2016) – Thirty-five years after the species was rediscovered after having been believed to be extinct, a historic reintroduction has taken place, marking another positive step toward recovery for the black-footed ferret, one of North America’s most endangered mammals. On July 26, 2016, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in partnership with... Read More
at Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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