AZA News Releases

AZA Comments on Establishing AWA Standards for Birds

October 28, 2020 Dr. Rosemary B. Sifford Associate Deputy Administrator, Animal Care, APHIS 4700 River Road, Unit 84 Riverdale, MD  20737 Re:  Docket No. APHIS-2020-0068; Establishing AWA Standards for Birds; Virtual Public Meetings. Dear Dr. Sifford: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) respectfully submits the following comments on Docket No. APHIS-2020-0068; Establishing AWA Standards for Birds.  AZA would also like to align ourselves with the comments... Read More
at Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Updated “Heroes Act” Includes Funding to Care for Endangered Species

As losses mount, AZA-accredited facilities need federal support to ensure care. Silver Spring, Maryland (September 30, 2020) – For decades, members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) have stepped up, volunteering to help the federal and state governments fulfill their responsibilities to conserve endangered species. Now, these facilities need help from their government. Thankfully, the U.S. House of Representatives has shown up, including $30 million in much deserved... Read More
at Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Announces 2020 Honors and Awards Recipients

Silver Spring, MD (September 17, 2020) – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recognized the achievements of over 20 AZA member facilities in the fields of conservation, education, research, exhibit design, marketing, diversity, research, and volunteer engagement during the 2020 Virtual AZA Annual Conference this September. “In these unprecedented times, I am glad we could convene and honor the outstanding achievements of the distinguished leaders in our... Read More
at Wednesday, September 30, 2020

White Oak Conservation Welcomes the Largest Elephant Herd in the Western Hemisphere

Elephants will be released in 2,500-acre habitat in northeastern Florida Sept. 23, 2020 (YULEE, FLA.)  — White Oak Conservation has started construction on a new 2,500-acre home for Asian elephants. Most of these elephants previously traveled throughout the United States with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® until they were retired in 2016.  Thirty elephants will be released in the northeastern Florida refuge, owned by philanthropists Mark and Kimbra... Read More
at Wednesday, September 23, 2020

AZA Selects 13 Projects to Receive Conservation Grant Funding

Grants totaling just over $275K will support research and conservation initiatives around the world Silver Spring, Maryland (September 23, 2020) – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has awarded Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) grants totaling $275,056 to 13 research and conservation projects led by AZA members. Established in 1984, the AZA Conservation Grants Fund is a competitive grants program that supports the cooperative conservation-related scientific and educational... Read More
at Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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