AZA News Releases

Following U.S. House Passage of the ‘Big Cat Public Safety Act,’ Association of Zoos and Aquariums Urges Swift U.S. Senate Action

Silver Spring, Maryland (July 30, 2022) – For the second time in two years, the U.S. House of Representatives has taken action to safeguard the welfare of big cats currently housed at substandard facilities and protect the public. By a bipartisan vote of 278 to 134, the House passed the “Big Cat Public Safety Act,” which seeks to limit who can possess lions, tigers, and other big cats in the United States. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has worked on... Read More
at Saturday, July 30, 2022

The Iconic Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Travels Throughout U.S. to Film New Series “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Protecting the Wild”

Conservationist and legendary TV host, Peter Gros, showcases Florida’s wildlife this summer for new series set to air in January 2023  OMAHA, Neb. (July 5, 2022) – Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom is back in action and traveling across the U.S. this summer to film a brand new television series, “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Protecting the Wild. ” The series, which will debut in January 2023 on RFD-TV and digital channels, will showcase... Read More
at Wednesday, July 6, 2022

U.S. Representative Andrew Garbarino Becomes New Co-Chair of the Congressional Zoo & Aquarium Caucus

Silver Spring, Maryland (July 6, 2022) – U.S. Representative Andrew Garbarino (R-NY-02) is now serving alongside U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) as a co-chair of the Congressional Zoo & Aquarium Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus is comprised of a bipartisan group of more than 70 Members of Congress who support facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). As co-chair of the Caucus,... Read More
at Wednesday, July 6, 2022

USFWS, AZA Award Over $9 Million in Second Wave of Federal Reimbursement Funds for Endangered Species Care During Pandemic

June 30, 2022 - Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) are announcing distribution of the second wave of awards – a total of over $9 million – under the Endangered Species COVID-19 Relief program, funded by the American Rescue Plan. “The Service continues to work with longtime partner AZA to reimburse plant and animal care facilities in this second distribution of critical American Rescue Plan funding,” said Service... Read More
at Thursday, June 30, 2022

Senators Markey, Cornyn Introduce Legislation to Support Rescue and Recovery of Stranded Sea Turtles on World Sea Turtle Day

Washington (June 16, 2022) – Today, on World Sea Turtle Day, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the bipartisan  Sea Turtle Rescue Assistance Act,  legislation to create a new grant program at the Department of Commerce to fund the rescue and recovery of sea turtles in the United States. All known sea turtle species within U.S. waters are considered threatened or endangered, and the new legislation would provide much-needed financial support... Read More
at Thursday, June 16, 2022
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