AZA News Releases

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Association of Zoos & Aquariums Announces Annual Honors and Awards Recipients

Silver Spring, Maryland (September 28, 2017) – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recognized the achievements of over 25 member facilities in the fields of conservation, education, research, exhibit design, marketing, sustainability, and volunteer engagement during the annual AZA conference this September in Indianapolis.  AZA also honored two individuals who have demonstrated their passion for wildlife conservation and made significant, ground-breaking contributions to... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Thursday, September 28, 2017

2016 Report Shows AZA-Accredited Zoos and Aquariums’ Record-Breaking Contribution to Wildlife Conservation

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums contributed over $216 million last year to wildlife conservation, exceeding the $200 million dollar mark for the first time. AZA’s 2016 Annual Report on Conservation and Science and accompanying Highlights document show that AZA-accredited zoos and aquarium funded an extensive range of projects benefiting over 800 species and subspecies in 127 countries around the world. AZA’s... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Wednesday, September 27, 2017

AZA Disappointed by Mexico City’s Ban on Marine Mammal Exhibits

Silver Spring, Maryland – On August 1, the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City, Mexico, voted to ban exhibitions featuring marine mammals. This decision prohibits the public and private use of marine mammals for training, management, entertainment, and therapy. In response, Kris Vehrs, Principal Executive Vice President of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), issued the following statement: “AZA is disappointed to learn of Mexico City’s decision to ban marine... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Friday, August 4, 2017

Zoos and Aquariums Receive Prestigious AZA Accreditation during Spring 2017 Cycle

Humane Society of the United States calls AZA accreditation standards  "strongest in the industry." Silver Spring, MD – Twice a year, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) independent Accreditation Commission (the Commission) reviews accreditation applications from the best aquariums, nature centers, science centers and zoos. Most recently, the Commission reviewed 20 applications. AZA is proud to announce the accreditation of the following facilities:... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Wednesday, July 12, 2017

AZA-Accredited Aquariums and Zoos Announce $1 Million to Support Heroic Emergency Rescue Plan to Save the Vaquita Porpoise

World’s most endangered marine mammal likely to go extinct without immediate action Silver Spring, Maryland (April 3, 2017)  - The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and over 100 of its members have pledged over $1 million toward the emergency rescue of the vaquita porpoise, the world’s most endangered marine mammal. AZA and its members are joining the Mexican government, which today also announced that it is pledging up to $3 million to support the VaquitaCPR... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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