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AZA-Accredited Aquariums and Zoos Announce $1 Million to Support Heroic Emergency Rescue Plan to Save the Vaquita Porpoise

World’s most endangered marine mammal likely to go extinct without immediate action Silver Spring, MD  - The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and over 100 of its members have pledged over $1 million toward the emergency rescue of the vaquita porpoise, the world’s most endangered marine mammal. AZA and its members are joining the Mexican government, which today also announced that it is pledging up to $3 million to support the VaquitaCPR emergency rescue... Read More
at Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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

Silver Spring, MD  – Based on a recent 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 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) .... Read More
at Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Help “Spring Forward” for Amphibians with FrogWatch USA

Silver Spring, MD – Take advantage of Daylight Saving Time, and "Spring Forward" for amphibians by becoming a volunteer in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) FrogWatch USA TM citizen science program! There’s no better way to celebrate the season than 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,... Read More
at Friday, March 10, 2017

AZA Statement on ‘Troubling’ Vancouver Park Board Vote

Silver Spring, MD – Last evening, the Vancouver Park Board took a troubling action in  directing staff to develop options to amend local law to prohibit the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre from importing or displaying whales, dolphins and porpoises. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and in response, the Honorable Dan Ashe, AZA President and CEO, issued the following statement: “The vote by the Vancouver Park Board is... Read More
at Friday, March 10, 2017

AZA Statement on Rhino Poaching Incident at Zoo Near Paris, France

Silver Spring, MD  – According to recent media reports, a white rhinoceros was killed and one of its horns removed by poachers at the Thoiry Zoo, located outside of Paris, France. In response, the Honorable Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, issued the following statement: “What occurred overnight at the Thoiry Zoo is an unspeakable crime of animal cruelty and a barbarous act that AZA and its members condemn at the highest levels.... Read More
at Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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