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Association of Zoos and Aquariums and U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance Join Forces

Today, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (USWTA) announced their joining of forces in a united effort to fight the global epidemic in wildlife trafficking. Effective immediately, Sara Walker former Executive Director or the USWTA, will join the AZA staff in Silver Spring, Maryland and the USWTA is now a program of the AZA. “Wildlife trafficking is a global epidemic, and is driving some of the world’s most beloved animals to... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Wednesday, February 14, 2018

AZA Statement on Cetacean Announcement by Vancouver Aquarium

Silver Spring, Maryland  – The Vancouver Aquarium, an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), today announced that it would no longer display whales and dolphins at the aquarium, with the exception of doing what is best for the Pacific white-sided dolphin currently in its care and any rescued cetaceans that may require temporary housing. In response, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of AZA, issued the following statement: “When your choices are... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Thursday, January 18, 2018

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Urges NJ Gov. Christie’s Veto of “Nosey’s Law,” Continues Support of Original Bill

Update: Governor Christie did not sign "Nosey's Law," effectively ending the legislation for this term. Silver Spring, MD  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) strongly urges New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to veto an amended version of “Nosey’s Law” regulating the use of elephants in entertainment and education. The original version of “Nosey’s Law” (S. 2508), as first introduced in September 2017, would... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Thursday, January 11, 2018

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants

AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to receive a combined total of $230,000  Silver Spring, MD  – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has announced the recipients of 30 “ Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium ” grants. Supported by the Disney Conservation Fund , these competitive grants, selected through a rigorous review by a panel of industry experts, are being presented to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Monday, October 30, 2017

Scientists Begin Bold Conservation Effort to Save the Vaquita Porpoise from Extinction in Mexico

Fewer Than 30 Vaquitas Left; Project Aims for Temporary Sanctuary   SAN FELIPE, BAJA CALIFORNI A  – An international team of experts has gathered in San Felipe, Mexico at the request of the Mexican government (SEMARNAT) and has begun a bold, compassionate plan known as VaquitaCPR to save the endangered vaquita porpoise from extinction. The vaquita porpoise, also known as the ‘panda of the sea,’ is the most endangered marine mammal in the world. Latest... Read More
at Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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