AZA News Releases

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AZA Teams Up With Kino Marquee to Offer Virtual Screenings of “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes”: Each ticket sold helps save animals from extinction.

Silver Spring, MD ( June 12, 2020) – In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees, and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with the mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to Africa to study giraffes in the wild. Now 86 and the subject of the documentary film, “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes,” the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From... Read More
at Friday, June 12, 2020

Statement On Social and Racial Justice, Inclusion and Equity

Statement of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Board of Directors On Social and Racial Justice, Inclusion and Equity Adopted June 2, 2020 The killing of George Floyd is shockingly and disturbingly evil. And Ahmaud Arbery. And Breonna Taylor.  And Eric Garner. And on and on. It is often said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing. The evil behind these tragedies is grounded in privilege, and in prejudice and callous indifference... Read More
at Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Testimony of Dan Ashe Before the Virtual Democratic Roundtable on Wildlife Disease Prevention

Dan Ashe, President and CEO Association of Zoos and Aquariums Virtual Democratic Roundtable on Wildlife Disease Prevention May 19, 2020 Good afternoon Chairman Grijalva, and greetings from Reid Park Zoo and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, two exemplary AZA-accredited facilities, in Tucson, Arizona. Thank you for convening this roundtable and inviting me to participate. I’ll begin with the punch line: As a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director and career... Read More
at Tuesday, May 19, 2020

‘In This Together’ T-shirt Fundraising Campaign Launches Today to Benefit AZA-Accredited Zoo and Aquarium Community

This relief effort is made possible by Event Network, sustainable apparel maker Kastlfel, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Event Network, the leading retail partner to cultural attractions across North America, together with sustainable apparel maker Kastlfel, jointly announce their “In This Together” T-shirt fundraiser benefiting the Employee Relief Fund. The Fund supports members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), nearly all of whom have been impacted... Read More
at Monday, May 18, 2020

As Concerns for Endangered Species Grow, AZA-Accredited Facilities Invest in Saving Species

93 AZA member facilities help create six new programs in the past year.   Silver Spring, Maryland – As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, nearly three in four people in the United States are concerned about the increasing number of endangered species. In response to a recent survey conducted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), 72 percent [i] answered they were very or somewhat concerned about the increasing number of endangered species, an increase of... Read More
at Friday, May 15, 2020

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