AZA News Releases

Statement in support of Sustainable Palm Oil

The conservation organisations listed below are committed to driving the palm oil industry in the right direction, and support a move to sustainable palm oil and not a blanket boycott. Palm oil produced according to the standards set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG), as of 2018, is required to be deforestation-free. Manufacturers, retailers and traders all over the world have made bold commitments to removing deforestation from their supply... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Sunday, November 3, 2019

AZA Selects 15 Projects to Receive Conservation Grant Funding

Grants totaling nearly $280K will support research and conservation initiatives around the world SILVER SPRING, Md.  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has awarded Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) grants totaling $278,901 to 15 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 initiatives of AZA... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, October 9, 2019

AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe Responds to TripAdvisor’s Updated Animal Welfare Policy

SILVER SPRING, Md.  – The travel and tourism website TripAdvisor today announced a new prohibitive booking policy, noting it will no longer sell tickets to any facility caring for cetaceans – dolphins and whales – unless the facility agrees to let their current residents be the last to live at those facilities. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) condemns TripAdvisor’s new policy and stands behind every AZA-accredited member who cares for dolphins and... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Senate Committee Passes Merkley’s Bipartisan RAWR Act to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley announced that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on which he serves, has passed his bipartisan Rescuing Animals With Rewards (RAWR) Act . The RAWR Act , co-led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), would help save endangered animals by combatting wildlife trafficking and poaching. Specifically, the legislation would authorize the State Department to offer financial rewards for information that leads to the disruption of wildlife... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Recognizes Dr. Robert Lacy with National Award for Scientific Advancement

SILVER SPRING, Md.  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) at its annual conference in New Orleans announced that Senior Conservation Scientist Emeritus for the Chicago Zoological Society Robert Lacy, Ph.D., has received AZA’s 2019 Devra Kleiman Award for his outstanding scientific research contributions to the fields of conservation genetics and population management. AZA established the award in March 2014 in memory of Devra Kleiman, the Smithsonian’s... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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