AZA News Releases

AZA Teams Up With Kino Marquee to Offer Virtual Screenings of “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes”: Each ticket sold helps save animals from extinction.

Silver Spring, MD ( June 12, 2020) – In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees, and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with the mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to Africa to study giraffes in the wild. Now 86 and the subject of the documentary film, “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes,” the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From... Read More
at Friday, June 12, 2020

AZA Statement on Reducing the Protections for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

Silver Spring, MD - Just days ahead of World Oceans Day, President Donald Trump today signed a proclamation rolling back provisions that would allow commercial fishing in the Northeastern Atlantic Canyon and Seamounts National Marine Monument. Following the announcement, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), issued the following statement: “This Marine National Monument is part of our nation’s ocean heritage. It is part of the National... Read More
at Friday, June 5, 2020

Statement On Social and Racial Justice, Inclusion and Equity

Statement of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Board of Directors On Social and Racial Justice, Inclusion and Equity Adopted June 2, 2020 The killing of George Floyd is shockingly and disturbingly evil. And Ahmaud Arbery. And Breonna Taylor.  And Eric Garner. And on and on. It is often said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing. The evil behind these tragedies is grounded in privilege, and in prejudice and callous indifference... Read More
at Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Wildlife Experts Agree: Native Turtles in the U.S. Are Under Siege From Illegal Collection

Combined with other threats, the toll from poaching could wipe out populations of native turtles. Providence, Rhode Island – The United States has a wildlife trafficking crisis closer to home than most people realize: native turtles are disappearing from lands and waters and ending up in the hands of poachers across the country. For those who are witnessing this crisis first hand -- conservation professionals, biologists, and wildlife law enforcement officials -- there is a... Read More
at Thursday, May 21, 2020

Testimony of Dan Ashe Before the Virtual Democratic Roundtable on Wildlife Disease Prevention

Dan Ashe, President and CEO Association of Zoos and Aquariums Virtual Democratic Roundtable on Wildlife Disease Prevention May 19, 2020 Good afternoon Chairman Grijalva, and greetings from Reid Park Zoo and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, two exemplary AZA-accredited facilities, in Tucson, Arizona. Thank you for convening this roundtable and inviting me to participate. I’ll begin with the punch line: As a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director and career... Read More
at Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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