AZA News Releases

Category: Conservation

Scientists Begin Bold Conservation Effort to Save the Vaquita Porpoise from Extinction in Mexico

Fewer Than 30 Vaquitas Left; Project Aims for Temporary Sanctuary   SAN FELIPE, BAJA CALIFORNI A (October 11, 2017) – An international team of experts has gathered in San Felipe, Mexico at the request of the Mexican government (SEMARNAT) and has begun a bold, compassionate plan known as VaquitaCPR to save the endangered vaquita porpoise from extinction. The vaquita porpoise, also known as the ‘panda of the sea,’ is the most endangered marine mammal in the world.... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wildlife Conservationists and Researchers Receive Funding for Critical Work

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums awards $250,000 in grants for conservation initiatives      Silver Spring, Maryland (October 11, 2017) – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced today Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) grants totaling $250,000 to be awarded to 12 projects led by AZA members. “AZA’s Conservation Grants Fund provides support to AZA members who are working to protect wildlife,” said AZA Vice President of... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Association of Zoos & Aquariums Announces Annual Honors and Awards Recipients

Silver Spring, Maryland (September 28, 2017) – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recognized the achievements of over 25 member facilities in the fields of conservation, education, research, exhibit design, marketing, sustainability, and volunteer engagement during the annual AZA conference this September in Indianapolis.  AZA also honored two individuals who have demonstrated their passion for wildlife conservation and made significant, ground-breaking contributions to... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Thursday, September 28, 2017

2016 Report Shows AZA-Accredited Zoos and Aquariums’ Record-Breaking Contribution to Wildlife Conservation

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums contributed over $216 million last year to wildlife conservation, exceeding the $200 million dollar mark for the first time. AZA’s 2016 Annual Report on Conservation and Science and accompanying Highlights document show that AZA-accredited zoos and aquarium funded an extensive range of projects benefiting over 800 species and subspecies in 127 countries around the world. AZA’s... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Critical Wildlife Conservation and Research Projects Funded by AZA-Accredited Zoos and Aquariums

Silver Spring, Maryland – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced AZA Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) grants totaling nearly $250,000 to be awarded to 13 projects. “AZA’s Conservation Grants Fund provides support to AZA members who are working to expand our knowledge about wildlife species and the threats they face in their natural ranges,” said AZA Senior Vice President of Conservation and Science Dr. Debborah Luke. “These scientists,... Read More
at Wednesday, September 14, 2016


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