AZA News Releases

Category: Dan Ashe

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

Reps. Titus, Davis Introduce Bipartisan PREPARED Act to Protect Animals During Disasters

Washington, D.C – Today Dina Titus of Nevada’s First Congressional District joined with Rodney Davis of Illinois’ Thirteenth Congressional District to introduce the Providing Responsible Emergency Plans for Animals at Risk of Emerging Disasters (PREPARED) Act. The bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by over 115 Members of Congress. The bill would require entities regulated under the Animal Welfare Act – such as zoos, commercial animal dealers, and research... Read More
at Friday, February 26, 2021

White Oak Conservation Welcomes the Largest Elephant Herd in the Western Hemisphere

Elephants will be released in 2,500-acre habitat in northeastern Florida Sept. 23, 2020 (YULEE, FLA.)  — White Oak Conservation has started construction on a new 2,500-acre home for Asian elephants. Most of these elephants previously traveled throughout the United States with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® until they were retired in 2016.  Thirty elephants will be released in the northeastern Florida refuge, owned by philanthropists Mark and Kimbra... Read More
at Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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