AZA News Releases

AZA Disappointed by Mexico City’s Ban on Marine Mammal Exhibits

Silver Spring, Maryland – On August 1, the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City, Mexico, voted to ban exhibitions featuring marine mammals. This decision prohibits the public and private use of marine mammals for training, management, entertainment, and therapy. In response, Kris Vehrs, Principal Executive Vice President of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), issued the following statement: “AZA is disappointed to learn of Mexico City’s decision to ban marine... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Friday, August 4, 2017

AZA Announces Two New Animal Management Center Directors

Silver Spring, Maryland  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is pleased to announce Kristine Schad as the new director of the AZA Population Management Center (PMC) located at Lincoln Park Zoo . Kristine returns to Lincoln Park Zoo and the PMC after spending 4 years in Europe serving as the first full-time population biologist in the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) office. In that role she assisted EAZA’s managed animal programs in demographic... Read More
at Wednesday, July 26, 2017

AZA Statement on Expedia Announcement

Silver Spring, MD – Yesterday, online travel company, Expedia, Inc., announced plans to better educate travelers about animals in tourism. Expedia also announced it had reviewed its products that involve animals and made the important decision to remove elephant rides as well as those involving direct tourist contact with tigers or other big cats. In response to Expedia’s announcement, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), released the... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Friday, July 21, 2017

Statement from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has invited Wayne Pacelle , the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) , to speak at our Annual Conference this fall.  HSUS is active in the animal welfare community and Pacelle has an important perspective to share with conference attendees.  AZA-accredited facilities are well respected by HSUS. That was recently reflected in the following statement Pacelle made in an AZA news... Read More
at Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tigers to Star in Series of Facebook Lives with Animal Planet

Viewers Invited to Get Involved Silver Spring, MD (July 18, 2017) – Facebook feeds will be filled with tiger stripes soon as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) partners with Animal Planet to deliver an awe inspiring live streaming event on Facebook. Throughout the week of July 24th and leading up to Global Tiger Day on July 29, viewers on Animal Planet’s Facebook page will be transported to six AZA-accredited zoos to get up-close access to highly endangered... Read More
at Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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