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AZA and U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance Join the Elephant Protection Initiative

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is proud to announce that AZA and its program, the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (USWTA), have partnered with the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) and joined the pledge to conserve elephants by confronting the illegal ivory trade. The surging demand for ivory tusks has driven poaching to unsustainable levels, with tens of thousands of elephants killed in Africa each year, according to the Elephant Protection Initiative.  Between 2002... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Sunday, August 12, 2018

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Statement on Recent Thomas Cook Announcement

On Sunday, the travel company, Thomas Cook, announced beginning next summer, the company will no longer sell trips to animal parks that care for killer whales or “orcas.” This decision directly impacts SeaWorld Orlando, an AZA-accredited facility which also achieved a 100% rating in an animal welfare audit Thomas Cook had the facility undertake. In response, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the AZA, issued the following statement: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’... Read More
at Monday, July 30, 2018

Joint Statement on Tiger Farms by AZA and Conservation NGOs

On Global Tiger Day, we, the undersigned organizations affirm our commitment to the protection and preservation of wild tigers,  are committed to working in collaboration with governments across the globe, and in particular tiger range countries, to assure a future for tigers in the wild. We recognize the important role conservation breeding plays in assuring a future for tigers and other endangered species. We seek to raise awareness and a clear understanding however, that tiger farms... Read More
at Sunday, July 29, 2018

AZA, Conservation NGOs Call for Closure of “Tiger Farms”

In observance of Global Tiger Day on July 29, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) are reiterating a joint commitment to ending tiger farms that threaten the future of these endangered cats. The organizations today released a joint statement urging countries with tiger farms to immediately ban all trade in tiger parts, end tiger breeding for commercial purposes and phase... Read More
at Sunday, July 29, 2018

AZA Statement on USFWS’ Proposed Rule Change for Red Wolf

Silver Spring, Maryland  – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a proposal to change the regulations protecting the endangered red wolf. In response, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and former Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, issued the following statement: "The Association of Zoos and Aquariums and its members have a long history of partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on species recovery... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Thursday, June 28, 2018

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