AZA News Releases

AZA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announce Federal Reimbursement Program for Endangered Species Care During Pandemic

Silver Spring, Maryland (September 13, 2021) – Zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens and other facilities across the nation that suffered significant revenue losses due to Covid-19 are receiving a boost to help with their continued care for threatened and endangered plants and animals. Today, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Endangered Species COVID-19 Relief, funded by the American Rescue Plan. This call for proposals will... Read More
at Monday, September 13, 2021

AZA Statement on the Documentary “The Conservation Game”

Silver Spring, Maryland (August 12, 2021) – A new documentary called “The Conservation Game” focuses critical attention on the practices of television entertainers who use big cat cubs, including Jack Hanna, Dave Salmoni, and Jarod Miller. Now-retired Jack Hanna’s relationship to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), is prominently featured. In response to the film’s release, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of... Read More
at Thursday, August 12, 2021

Groups Challenge Seismic Oil and Gas Testing in the Gulf of Mexico

Powerful underwater blasts put iconic endangered whale at risk GREENBELT, MD (July 22, 2021) – NRDC and partner groups Healthy Gulf, Center for Biological Diversity, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Surfrider Foundation sued the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today over a Trump administration decision to allow extensive seismic airgun testing in the Gulf of Mexico, with minimal protections for marine animals. Most at risk is an endangered whale species... Read More
at Thursday, July 22, 2021

AZA, Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, and Christopher Radko Announce Partnership to Help Combat Tiger Trafficking

The new ornament will support global efforts to end the trafficking of tigers. Silver Spring, MD (July 21, 2021) – The Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (WTA), a program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and Rauch Industries, makers of the world-famous Christopher Radko ornaments, today announced a two-year partnership to combat wildlife trafficking around the world with a tiger-themed Christmas ornament. Made from blown glass, the new ornament, titled “The... Read More
at Wednesday, July 21, 2021

After Another Big Cat Seizure, AZA Calls on Congress to Act Now

It is time to pass H.R. 263 and S. 1210, the “Big Cat Public Safety Act.” Silver Spring, Maryland (May 21, 2021) – Following another high-profile seizure of nearly 70 tigers, lions, big cat hybrids, and a jaguar from a facility in Oklahoma providing documented sub-standard care, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is again calling on Congress to act now and pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act. Dan Ashe, President and CEO of AZA, issued the following statement: ... Read More
at Friday, May 21, 2021

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