AZA News Releases

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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

Ashe to Congress: AZA-Accredited Zoos, Aquariums Important Part of the Endangered Species Act’s Past, Future

Silver Spring, Maryland – In testimony delivered today before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, The Honorable Daniel M. Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), highlighted several of the many species recovery efforts made possible under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) because of the close working partnership between AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos, the federal government and other conservation partners. “The AZA and its... Read More
at Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nation’s Best Zoos and Aquariums Disagree With Decision to Remove Online Access to USDA Inspection Reports

Silver Spring, MD  – Without prior notice late last week, the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) abruptly removed animal welfare inspection reports from its website. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which accredits the world's best, and most visited zoos and aquariums, disagrees with USDA's decision, which makes this important information harder, not easier, for the public to obtain. ... Read More
at Monday, February 6, 2017

Cheetah Conservation Fund and Association of Zoos and Aquariums Join to Present 6th Annual International Cheetah Day

Washington, D.C .– Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), the world’s longest running cheetah research, education and conservation organization, is partnering with the U.S.-based Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) to lead the sixth annual observance of International Cheetah Day this Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Developed to generate awareness for the cheetah -- Africa’s most endangered big cat -- the two organizations are offering activities to inspire people of all ages to... Read More
Posted by Jessica Puchala at Thursday, December 1, 2016

AZA Statement on TripAdvisor’s New Animal Encounter Booking Policy

Silver Spring, MD – Yesterday, the travel and tourism website TripAdvisor announced a new booking policy, noting it would no longer sell tickets to certain attractions or experiences where tourists come into physical contact with animals. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) stands behind every animal encounter program offered by its members. Kris Vehrs, Interim President and CEO of AZA, issued the following statement: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums agrees with... Read More
at Thursday, October 13, 2016

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