AZA News Releases

Category: Government Affairs

AZA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announce Federal Reimbursement Program for Endangered Species Care During Pandemic

Silver Spring, Maryland (September 13, 2021) – Zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens and other facilities across the nation that suffered significant revenue losses due to Covid-19 are receiving a boost to help with their continued care for threatened and endangered plants and animals. Today, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Endangered Species COVID-19 Relief, funded by the American Rescue Plan. This call for proposals will... Read More
at Monday, September 13, 2021

AZA's Statement on the Passage of the American Rescue Plan Act

Today, President Biden's $1.9 trillion "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021" passed the House of Representatives. He will sign the bill into law on Friday. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is pleased with the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, which will provide much needed support to zoos and aquariums. In response to its passage, Dan Ashe, President and CEO, released the following statement:  Zoos and aquariums have continued to operate during the pandemic... Read More
at Wednesday, March 10, 2021

AZA Comments on Establishing AWA Standards for Birds

October 28, 2020 Dr. Rosemary B. Sifford Associate Deputy Administrator, Animal Care, APHIS 4700 River Road, Unit 84 Riverdale, MD  20737 Re:  Docket No. APHIS-2020-0068; Establishing AWA Standards for Birds; Virtual Public Meetings. Dear Dr. Sifford: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) respectfully submits the following comments on Docket No. APHIS-2020-0068; Establishing AWA Standards for Birds.  AZA would also like to align ourselves with the comments... Read More
at Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Updated “Heroes Act” Includes Funding to Care for Endangered Species

As losses mount, AZA-accredited facilities need federal support to ensure care. Silver Spring, Maryland (September 30, 2020) – For decades, members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) have stepped up, volunteering to help the federal and state governments fulfill their responsibilities to conserve endangered species. Now, these facilities need help from their government. Thankfully, the U.S. House of Representatives has shown up, including $30 million in much deserved... Read More
at Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Public Comment USDA Cub Petting Petition

Dr. Betty Goldentyer Deputy Administrator  USDA/APHIS/Animal Care                                       Robert M. Gibbens, D.V.M. Director, Animal Welfare Operations USDA/APHIS/Animal Care Dear Drs. Goldentyer and Gibbens: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American... Read More
at Thursday, May 7, 2020

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