AZA News Releases

Category: Elephant

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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

Visit an Elephant, Support Conservation

Silver Spring, MD – Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoos are leaders in elephant conservation education and science, and invite the public to celebrate and support elephants by visiting them this summer. “Experiencing an elephant close-up is an unforgettable experience,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy.  “Elephants inspire us to protect fragile populations in Africa and Asia, and there’s no better place to connect with them and... Read More
at Monday, June 6, 2011

North American Zoos Support Elephant Conservation

Silver Spring, MD  –The International Elephant Foundation (IEF) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced support for 18 elephant conservation projects for 2011. 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. In 2011, IEF will provide more than $230,000 to support elephant... Read More
at Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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