AZA News Releases

Category: Dan Ashe

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... 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... 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

Groups Challenge Seismic Oil and Gas Testing in the Gulf of Mexico

Powerful underwater blasts put iconic endangered whale at risk GREENBELT, MD (July 22, 2021) – NRDC and partner groups Healthy Gulf, Center for Biological Diversity, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Surfrider Foundation sued the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) today over a Trump administration decision to allow extensive seismic airgun testing in the Gulf of Mexico, with minimal protections for marine animals. Most at risk is an endangered whale species... Read More
at Thursday, July 22, 2021

After Another Big Cat Seizure, AZA Calls on Congress to Act Now

It is time to pass H.R. 263 and S. 1210, the “Big Cat Public Safety Act.” Silver Spring, Maryland (May 21, 2021) – Following another high-profile seizure of nearly 70 tigers, lions, big cat hybrids, and a jaguar from a facility in Oklahoma providing documented sub-standard care, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is again calling on Congress to act now and pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act. Dan Ashe, President and CEO of AZA, issued the following statement: ... Read More
at Friday, May 21, 2021
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