AZA News Releases

AZA Statement on Virgin Travel’s New Animal Encounter Booking Policy

Silver Spring, MD  – Virgin Holidays, a United Kingdom-based travel company, today announced a policy to stop selling tickets to attractions that care for dolphins and whales. Two facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) – SeaWorld and Dolphin Discovery – have been told by Virgin Holidays they will no longer do business with them. In Virgin Holidays announcement, they specifically named SeaWorld and Discovery Cove. SeaWorld Parks and... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Supports Cincinnati Zoo Regarding Transfer of Ndume the Gorilla

Silver Spring, MD – Last week, a federal judge ordered The Gorilla Foundation (the Foundation) to cooperate in good faith with the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden by returning 38–year-old western lowland gorilla Ndume back to a facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as required by a 2015 loan agreement. After multiple delays by the Foundation, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered the Foundation to... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Friday, June 14, 2019

An Open Letter to the Producers of the CBS “Whistleblower” Program

Silver Spring, Maryland (June 7, 2019)  – Later this evening, CBS “Whistleblower” will air a show titled “SeaWorld: A Case Against Captivity.” The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) contacted the show’s producer and offered to present a counter viewpoint to those presented in the program. The offer was declined. In response, AZA offers the following open letter to the producers at CBS from Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the AZA: Mr. Ted Eccles... Read More
at Friday, June 7, 2019

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Announces Support for “Extinction Prevention Act of 2019”

Silver Spring, MD  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has announced its support for the “Extinction Prevention Act of 2019” introduced by U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-03) on Wednesday, May 22. This bill will create dedicated funds to conserve butterflies in North America, plants in the Pacific Islands, freshwater mussels in the United States, and desert fish in the Southwest United States. This legislation will also make research... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Selects Ten Outstanding Candidates for 2019 Professional Development Program

Silver Spring, MD  – Ten talented aquarium and zoo professionals were selected for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), now in its sixth year. Based on a survey of directors at AZA aquariums and zoos, it is estimated that there will be approximately 20 zoo or aquarium director openings ‎per year for the next 10 years at facilities accredited by AZA. Knowing this, the AZA is proactively providing development... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Monday, May 20, 2019

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