AZA News Releases

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AZA Announces Recipients of Animal Program Leader Awards and Outstanding Service Awards

Silver Spring, MD  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has recognized 15 exemplary professionals within the zoo and aquarium community with Animal Program Leader Recognition Awards, and 18 individuals who have made exceptional contributions as leaders with Outstanding Service Awards at the Association’s recent Annual Conference.“AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos are important centers for conservation within local communities and collaboratively work to have a... Read More
at Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Awards 44 Nature Play Grants

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced the recipients of 44 “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants. Supported through a special gift from the Disney Conservation Fund, 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 are centers... Read More
at Wednesday, September 9, 2015

AZA's statement on Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s decision to forfeit AZA accreditation

Silver Spring, MD  – Today the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium announced that it would forfeit its Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ accreditation effective immediately. In response, Jim Maddy, President and CEO of AZA, issued the following statement: “The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ accreditation is widely regarded as representing the highest standards in animal welfare and care, including modern zoological practices related to elephants. The AZA is... Read More
at Monday, August 17, 2015

On World Elephant Day, AZA Encourages the Public to “Join the Herd” in Helping Elephants

Today is World Elephant Day, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its accredited zoos and aquariums are encouraging elephant fans to join in celebrating African and Asian elephants in a variety of ways to help raise awareness about the threats they face in the wild.     “As issues such as poaching and habitat destruction are international problems, it is now more important than ever for all of us to work together in helping elephants,” said Jim... Read More
at Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Scientists Unite to Call for Tighter Ivory Controls on World Elephant Day

Letter to President Obama signed by 250 scientists from varied backgrounds, disciplines, and institutions     Scientists emphasize that data show elephant populations in major trouble Proposed ivory ban would close loopholes and cut demand for ivory products  Washington, DC – On the eve of World Elephant Day Wednesday, August 12, a group of 250 scientists from varying disciplines and organizations around the world sent a letter to President Barack... Read More
at Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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