AZA News Releases

Category: Elephant

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... 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,... 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... Read More
at Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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

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