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Category: Elephant

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

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 Initiative.  Between 2002... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Sunday, August 12, 2018

AZA Partners With WCS On 96 Elephants Campaign

96 elephants are killed every day in Africa | Campaign supports and amplifies Clinton Global Initiative to stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand | Millions of zoo visitors can take action to stop the demand for ivory  in the United States and around the world | Campaign calls for U.S. moratorium on ivory sales, bolsters elephant protection,educates public about ivory trade consumption | U.S. is a major importer of... Read More
at Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Statement on Independent Elephant Welfare Study

Kansas City, MO – Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Executive Director Kristin Vehrs made the following statement regarding the presentation at the AZA Annual Conference of findings by an independent team of scientists on the welfare of zoo elephants: “AZA-accredited zoos are deeply committed to providing the best care and welfare for elephants. Our members asked for and were eager to participate in this important research. It is reaffirming to learn that AZA... Read More
at Tuesday, September 10, 2013

North American Zoos Support Worldwide Elephant Conservation

Silver Spring, MD  – The International Elephant Foundation (IEF) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced support for 19 elephant conservation projects for 2012. “IEF-supported projects protect elephants from poaching, seek solutions for human-elephant conflict, equip and train community conservationists, increase our knowledge of the treatment and prevention of disease, and educate people,” said IEF Executive Director, Deborah Olson “In... Read More
at Monday, January 9, 2012

Statement - Occupational Safety of Elephant Care Professionals

Silver Spring, MD  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has adopted a series of measures to advance the occupational safety of elephant care professionals at AZA-accredited and AZA-certified related facilities.  AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy made the following statement: “The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is committed to the safety of the professionals who dedicate themselves to the care and conservation of wild animals. The adoption of new... Read More
at Monday, August 22, 2011

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