AZA News Releases

Category: Dan Ashe

The L.A. Zoo Honors World Wildlife Day by Joining National 'Not a Pet' Campaign

The Zoo joins the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the International Fund for Animal Welfare in educating the public about the illegal pet trade The Los Angeles Zoo is celebrating World Wildlife Day by joining the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in the ‘Not a Pet’ campaign. This initiative is designed to educate the public on the illegal pet trade of exotic wildlife. Zoo guests will learn how they can make better ch... Read More
Posted by Sarah Gilsoul at Friday, March 3, 2023

Statement on Berlin hotel aquarium collapse

Silver Spring, Maryland (December 16, 2022) – Early this morning in Berlin, Germany, an aquarium located in a hotel burst, spilling 264,000 gallons of salt water and its inhabitants into the lobby and onto the street. In response to this incident, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, issued the following statement: “We are all shocked and saddened by the news of the catastrophic structural failure at AquaDom Aquarium in Berlin’s Radisson Bl... Read More
at Friday, December 16, 2022

Dan Ashe's letter to Secretary Haaland Urging an Emergency Listing of Wolves Under the Endangered Species Act

Dear Secretary Haaland: We are directors of modern aquariums and zoos, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We are conservation organizations, and we, like you and your employees, work to save animals from extinction. We are proud of our government partnerships and our coordinated efforts to save such iconic species like the California condor, the Florida manatee and panther, as well as lesser-known species among the animal world like the hellbender and American burying beetl... Read More
at Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The ‘Recovering America’s Wildlife Act’ Does Not Adequately Respond to the Extinction Crisis

Washington, DC (December 8, 2021) - In front of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Dan Ashe, president and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, testified about the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA). Ashe spoke on behalf of the association’s 239 accredited members and on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife and its more than 2.2 million members and supporters. In his testimony he emphasized the need for the bill to include more support f... Read More
at Wednesday, December 8, 2021

AZA Statement on the Documentary “The Conservation Game”

Silver Spring, Maryland (August 12, 2021) – A new documentary called “The Conservation Game” focuses critical attention on the practices of television entertainers who use big cat cubs, including Jack Hanna, Dave Salmoni, and Jarod Miller. Now-retired Jack Hanna’s relationship to Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), is prominently featured. In response to the film’s release, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of... Read More
at Thursday, August 12, 2021
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