AZA News Releases

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

Silver Spring, Maryland (March 15, 2017) – 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... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Help “Spring Forward” for Amphibians with FrogWatch USA

Silver Spring, Maryland (March 10, 2017) – 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... Read More
Posted by Jessica Puchala at Friday, March 10, 2017

AZA Statement on ‘Troubling’ Vancouver Park Board Vote

Silver Spring, Maryland (March 10, 2017) – 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... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Friday, March 10, 2017

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

Silver Spring, Maryland (March 7, 2017) – 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... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon 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
Posted by Rob Vernon at Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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