AZA News Releases

Category: Elephant

Association of Zoos and Aquariums CEO Statement on USFWS Proposed 4(d) Rule Regarding Importation of Elephants

Silver Spring, Maryland (November 16, 2022) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today issued a proposed rule regarding the importation of wild elephants. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) President and CEO, Dan Ashe, issued the following statement in response: “The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its members believe that all trade in African elephants must support range country conservation programs to ensure that wild elephants have secure homes in their n... Read More
at Wednesday, November 16, 2022

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 Walter, as s... Read More
at Wednesday, September 23, 2020

AZA and U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance Join the Elephant Protection Initiative

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is proud to announce that AZA and its program, the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (USWTA), have partnered with the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) and joined the pledge to conserve elephants by confronting the illegal ivory trade. The surging demand for ivory tusks has driven poaching to unsustainable levels, with tens of thousands of elephants killed in Africa each year, according to the Elephant Protection... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Sunday, August 12, 2018

Statement from AZA regarding the USFWS approval of an African elephant import permit

Silver Spring, MD – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved an import permit to allow 18 African elephants to be brought into the country by three zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). In response, the AZA released the following statement: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is pleased that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved the African elephant import permit requested by three AZA member zoos: Dallas Zoo, Omaha's... Read More
at Thursday, January 28, 2016

On World Elephant Day, AZA Encourages the Public to “Join the Herd” in Helping Elephants

Today is World Elephant Day, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its accredited zoos and aquariums are encouraging elephant fans to join in celebrating African and Asian elephants in a variety of ways to help raise awareness about the threats they face in the wild.     “As issues such as poaching and habitat destruction are international problems, it is now more important than ever for all of us to work together in helping elephants,” said Jim Maddy... Read More
at Wednesday, August 12, 2015
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