AZA News Releases

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Association of Zoos and Aquariums Release Third Wave of Federal Reimbursement Funds for Endangered Species Care

Nearly $6.5 million in funds is on its way to 28 facilities. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) are announcing nearly $6.5 million in the third wave of reimbursements under the Endangered Species COVID-19 Relief program, funded by the American Rescue Plan. The first two waves of reimbursements released nearly $11 million of the $30 million appropriated by Congress. “The Service continues to work with longtime partner... Read More
at Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Association of Zoos and Aquariums CEO Statement on USFWS Proposed 4(d) Rule Regarding Importation of Elephants

Silver Spring, Maryland (November 16, 2022) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued a proposed rule regarding the importation of wild elephants. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) President and CEO, Dan Ashe, issued the following statement in response: “The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its members believe that all trade in African elephants must support range country conservation programs to ensure that wild elephants have secure homes in... Read More
at Wednesday, November 16, 2022

AZA Selects Nine Projects to Receive Conservation Grant Funding with Support from the Disney Conservation Fund

Grants totaling just under $220K will support research and conservation initiatives around the world Silver Spring, Maryland (October 31, 2022) – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has awarded Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) grants totaling $219,432 to nine research and conservation projects led by AZA members. Established in 1984, the CGF is a competitive grants program that supports AZA members' and their partners' cooperative conservation-related scientific... Read More
at Monday, October 31, 2022

Mutual of Omaha’s Iconic Nature Documentary is Back

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom announced today that the brand-new television series, “Mutual of Omaha’s  Wild Kingdom Protecting the Wild ,” will premiere on RFD-TV and WildKingdom.com on  Monday, January 2, 2023, 1 pm ET.  The series will be hosted by Peter Gros, co-host of the  original Wild Kingdom , and marks the 60 th  year anniversary of the original show’s debut in 1963. Since its network television premiere in 1963, Mutual of... Read More
at Thursday, October 20, 2022

Six More Facilities Granted Accreditation by AZA Accreditation Commission, Completing Fall 2022 Cycle

Silver Spring, Md. (September 22 , 2022) – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) independent Accreditation Commission (the Commission) met virtually this week to complete its Fall 2022 cycle of reviewing accreditation applications for AZA accreditation. The AZA accreditation process includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site, multiple-day inspection by an independent team of expert zoological professionals. The inspecting team analyzes all aspects of the... Read More
at Thursday, September 22, 2022
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