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Wildlife Experts Agree: Native Turtles in the U.S. Are Under Siege From Illegal Collection

Combined with other threats, the toll from poaching could wipe out populations of native turtles. Providence, Rhode Island – The United States has a wildlife trafficking crisis closer to home than most people realize: native turtles are disappearing from lands and waters and ending up in the hands of poachers across the country. For those who are witnessing this crisis first hand -- conservation professionals, biologists, and wildlife law enforcement officials -- there is a... Read More
at Thursday, May 21, 2020

AZA and AAZV Letter to USDA on Emergency “Cub Petting” Petition

Silver Spring, MD (May 7, 2020) – Given concern with the transmission of COVID-19 to big cats, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a petition last week with the United States Department of Agriculture seeking an emergency ban on the practice of “cub petting” at USDA-licensed facilities. In response to the petition filing, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and Rob Hilsenroth, Executive Director of the American Association of... Read More
at Friday, May 8, 2020

AZA Accreditation Commission Grants Accreditation to 23 Facilities

Meeting virtually, the Commission conducts hearings, announces one-year stay for all AZA members in wake of COVID-19. Silver Spring, MD  – In early March, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums announced the cancellation of its Mid-Year Meeting due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The meeting, which was to be held in Palm Springs, Calif., is one of two times per year when the AZA Accreditation Commission meets to review applications for accreditation and certification as a... Read More
at Friday, April 10, 2020

AZA and AAZV Statement on COVID-19 Positive Tiger in New York

Leading zoo organizations are collaborating globally following a positive test. Silver Spring, MD  – The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced yesterday that the Bronx Zoo, a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), had reported a tiger has tested positive for COVID-19. AZA and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) are in close communication regarding this discovery, and Dan... Read More
at Monday, April 6, 2020

Coalition Hosts Wildlife Trafficking Summit, Launches Wildlife Confiscations Network

Silver Spring, Md. (March 11, 2020) —The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), San Diego Zoo Global, and AZA’s Wildlife Trafficking Alliance organized a two-day summit in late February to discuss efforts to combat wildlife trafficking and the challenges presented when wild animals and plants (wildlife) are confiscated by law enforcement.  The summit led to the establishment of the Southern California Wildlife Confiscations Network (“the Network”), a pilot... Read More
at Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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