AZA News Releases

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s Gecko Breeding Program Receives Award from Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Silver Spring, Maryland (April 23, 2019) – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has recognized the work of zoological professionals in the Henkel’s leaf-tailed gecko Species Survival Plan ® (SSP) Program with AZA’s 2019 SSP Sustainability Award. Photo Courtesy of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden AZA’s SSP Program oversees sustainable population management of over 500 species through a variety of species conservation, research, husbandry, management,... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Tuesday, April 23, 2019

AZA Premieres "Our Wildlife Heroes" PSA Featuring Contest Winners

Finalists represent diverse background and unwavering dedication to conservation among all members (Silver Spring, MD) - We need animal conservation heroes more than ever as the world is losing wildlife thousands of times faster than the natural extinction rate. A new public service announcement unveiled today by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) features four professionals who embody what it means to be a champion for wildlife and wild places. The winners of the AZA Find... Read More
at Thursday, April 11, 2019

AZA and WTA Announce Support for New Wildlife Trafficking Bill

Silver Spring, MD   – Today, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced its support for the “Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act” (H.R.864) introduced by U.S. Representatives John Garamendi (D-CA) and Don Young (R-AK). This legislation would enhance the fight against wildlife trafficking by strengthening federal enforcement against poachers, traffickers, and the global trade in illegal wildlife and seafood products.  It also would... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Statement on Tragedy at Conservators Center in North Carolina

Silver Spring, Maryland - At a North Carolina big cat rescue facility, a young intern was killed by a lion that had escaped its enclosure. In response to the tragedy, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) issued the following statement: The members and facilities of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums send its heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends, and colleagues of Alexandrea Black, the intern who lost her life yesterday. It is an unimaginable tragedy, and we share their... Read More
at Monday, December 31, 2018

Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Wildlife Trafficking Alliance and WildAid Partner on Campaign with DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda to Educate Millions about Illegal Wildlife Trade

Silver Spring, Maryland -  WildAid, the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), and AZA’s program, the Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (WTA), have partnered on a campaign featuring DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda’s Master Po Ping to educate children and families about the illegal wildlife trade. More than fifteen AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across the United States will host a series of video messages, billboards, and posters at their facilities as well as on social... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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