AZA News Releases

Category: Government Affairs

Following a Decade of Advocacy, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Heralds Congressional Approval of the ‘Big Cat Public Safety Act’

The bill now heads to President Biden’s desk for approval. Silver Spring, Maryland (December 7, 2022) – By a voice vote on Tuesday, December 6, the United States Senate sent the “Big Cat Public Safety Act” to President Joe Biden for his approval. The legislation will limit who can possess lions, tigers, and other big cats in the United States. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its allied groups have worked on versions of the “Big Cat Public Safety ... Read More
at Wednesday, December 7, 2022

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Association of Zoos and Aquariums Release Third Wave of Federal Reimbursement Funds for Endangered Species Care

Nearly $6.5 million in funds is on its way to 28 facilities. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) are announcing nearly $6.5 million in the third wave of reimbursements under the Endangered Species COVID-19 Relief program, funded by the American Rescue Plan. The first two waves of reimbursements released nearly $11 million of the $30 million appropriated by Congress. “The Service continues to work with longtime partner AZA t... Read More
at Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Garamendi, Young Reintroduce Bipartisan Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) and Don Young (R-AK) reintroduced the “Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act” (H.R.6059). Congressman Garamendi is a former Deputy Secretary of the Interior under President Bill Clinton, and Congressman Young is the Dean of the U.S. House Representatives. “Poachers, traffickers, and transnational criminal organizations responsible for human rights abuses are driving iconic wildlife to extinctio... Read More
at Thursday, December 2, 2021

Representatives Costa and Katko introduce bipartisan legislation to fund wildlife conservation

(WASHINGTON DC) – Representatives Jim Costa (CA-16) and John Katko (NY-24) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 6023 - Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act. This bipartisan legislation would require the United States Postal Service (USPS) to sell approximately 45 million Saving Vanishing Species Stamps left in stock to promote wildlife conservation. “I am proud to introduce this legislation to reauthorize the U... Read More
at Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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 reimburs... Read More
at Monday, September 13, 2021
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