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AZA Program for Potential Future Executives of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums Begins Third Year

Silver Spring, MD  – According to preliminary results from research, 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 and Aquariums (AZA). Knowing this, the AZA is proactively working to educate and train the next generation of leaders of AZA-accredited zoological facilities through the Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). Entering the third year... Read More
at Monday, January 25, 2016

Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Announces Recipients of Quarter Century Award

Silver Spring, MD - The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the primary accrediting body for top zoos and aquariums in the United States since 1974, announced today the recipients of the Association's Quarter Century Award. Established in 2015, this new award acknowledges facilities that have maintained AZA accreditation continuously for 25 years or more, highlighting their commitment to animal care, welfare, conservation, education, and more. The inaugural group of 119 awardees... Read More
at Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Join AZA-Accredited Zoos and Cheetah Conservation Fund in Celebrating International Cheetah Day, Dec

Washington, D.C.  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will join Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in inviting wildlife lovers from all over the globe to celebrate the world’s fastest feline on International Cheetah Day this Thursday, December 4. This year marks the fifth anniversary of this special occasion designed to generate awareness about the plight of the cheetah, which, with fewer than 10,000 remaining in the wild, is Africa’s most... Read More
at Thursday, December 3, 2015

Statement from AZA on Proposed Legislation to Phase Out Public Display of Killer Whales

Silver Spring, MD  – Today, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA-28) announced legislation that would phase out the ability of zoological facilities to publicly display killer whales. In response, the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) released the following statement: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums strongly believes Congress should not be in the business of deciding which animals that facilities properly licensed by the United States Department of... Read More
at Friday, November 6, 2015

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Statement on Initiative 1401

Silver Spring, MD  – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today released the following statement, noting the passage of Initiative 1401 in Washington state: Yesterday, the voters of Washington State overwhelmingly supported Initiative 1401, a first-in-the-nation ban on the import of endangered species products into the state. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) was a proud supporter of I-1401 and is very pleased with the outcome. A host of... Read More
at Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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