AZA News Releases

Category: Accreditation

AZA Board Upholds Accreditation Commission Denial of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Accreditation

In October, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) independent Accreditation Commission (the Commission) reviewed and denied the accreditation application of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, which subsequently appealed the Commission’s decision to the AZA Board of Directors. Yesterday, the AZA Board met and upheld the Commission’s decision denying accreditation to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The AZA Board of Directors issued the following statement: “After... Read More
at Tuesday, December 14, 2021

AZA Accreditation Commission Grants Accreditation to 22 Facilities

The Montreal Biodome returns following extensive renovations. Silver Spring, MD ( November 11, 2021) – Over the past three weeks, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) independent Accreditation Commission (the Commission) met virtually, three times, to review applications for AZA accreditation. The accreditation process includes a detailed application and a meticulous, on-site, multiple-day inspection by an independent team of trained zoological professionals. The... Read More
at Thursday, November 11, 2021

AZA Statement on AZA Accreditation Commission Decision to Deny Accreditation to Safari West

Silver Spring, MD ( October 6, 2020) – Today, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is announcing the decision by its independent Accreditation Commission (the Commission) subsequent to review of the recent inspection report regarding Safari West. In a virtual hearing, held on Friday, October 1, 2021, the Commission voted to deny accreditation. Following the hearing, Dan Ashe, AZA President and CEO, issued the following statement: “It is always disappointing when AZA... Read More
at Wednesday, October 6, 2021

AZA Statement on AZA Accreditation Commission’s Denial of Accreditation to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Silver Spring, MD ( October 6, 2020) – Today, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is announcing the decision by its independent Accreditation Commission (the Commission) after review of the recent inspection report on the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. In a virtual hearing held on Friday, October 1, 2021, the Commission voted to deny accreditation to the zoo. In response to the Commission’s decision, Dan Ashe, AZA President and CEO, issued the following statement: ... Read More
at Wednesday, October 6, 2021

AZA Accreditation Commission Grants Accreditation to 23 Facilities

Meeting virtually, the Commission conducts hearings, announces one-year stay for all AZA members in wake of COVID-19. Silver Spring, MD  – In early March, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums announced the cancellation of its Mid-Year Meeting due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The meeting, which was to be held in Palm Springs, Calif., is one of two times per year when the AZA Accreditation Commission meets to review applications for accreditation and certification as a... Read More
at Friday, April 10, 2020

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