AZA News Releases

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Statement from AZA on Killer Whale Announcement by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

Silver Spring, MD  – This morning, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, an Association of Zoos & Aquariums accredited member, announced major changes to its killer whale program. Kris Vehrs, Interim President & CEO of AZA, issued the following statement regarding SeaWorld’s announcement: “Every member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums must make animal welfare decisions for the animals in their care. SeaWorld’s decisions to end its signature... Read More
at Thursday, March 17, 2016

Help “Spring Forward” for Amphibians with FrogWatch USA™

Silver Spring, MD  – Take advantage of Daylight Saving Time, and "Spring Forward" for amphibians through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) FrogWatch USA citizen science program! Celebrate the season by taking action and engaging in conservation in your community.  FrogWatch USA is dedicated to collecting information about frog and toad populations, raising awareness about amphibians and wetlands, and engaging the public in science.... Read More
at Friday, March 11, 2016

U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance Announces Major Corporate Commitments to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Washington, D.C. – To celebrate World Wildlife Day, 16 leading U.S. companies are making substantial commitments to combat wildlife trafficking, in collaboration with the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (the Alliance), and highlighted and applauded by the U.S. Department of the Interior.    Today’s announcement is a significant step forward in the U.S. effort to save at-risk species around the world. It is a direct response... Read More
at Thursday, March 3, 2016

Statement from AZA regarding the APHIS Proposed Rule on Marine Mammals

Silver Spring, MD  – Yesterday, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service released a proposed rule on changes to regulations on marine mammals. In response, the AZA released the following statement: Facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) provide the highest level of animal care and are dedicated to constantly ‎advancing animal welfare standards. AZA has a long history of working with the officials at the Animal and Plant Health... Read More
at Thursday, February 4, 2016

Statement from AZA regarding the USFWS approval of an African elephant import permit

Silver Spring, MD  – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved an import permit to allow 18 African elephants to be brought into the country by three zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). In response, the AZA released the following statement: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is pleased that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved the African elephant import permit requested by three AZA member zoos: Dallas Zoo,... Read More
at Thursday, January 28, 2016

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