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U.S. Americans Greatly Underestimate How Many Animals on the Endangered Species List, Study Shows

There are 1,459 Animals on the U.S. Endangered Species List, but Americans Believe There are Only 100   Association of Zoos and Aquariums Expands Endangered Species Conservation Initiative to Draw Attention to High Need for Greater Wildlife Protection Silver Spring, Maryland – A recent survey by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) found Americans underestimate the number of animals protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act by less than one-tenth the actual... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Monday, May 14, 2018

African Lion Breeding Program Receives Award from Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Silver Spring, Maryland  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has recognized the work of zoological professionals in the African Lion Species Survival Plan ® (SSP) Program with AZA’s 2018 SSP Sustainability Award. AZA’s SSP Program oversees sustainable population management of over 500 species through a variety of species conservation, research, husbandry, management, and educational initiatives. Through this program, expert advisors work together to... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Monday, April 23, 2018

AZA-Accredited Zoos and Aquariums Assist with Radiated Tortoise Rescue in Madagascar

Turtle Survival Alliance Launches Rescue Mission to Nearly 11,000 Critically Endangered Radiated Tortoises Discovered in Massive Poaching Bust Animal Experts from AZA-Accredited Zoos and Aquariums Dispatched to Madagascar to Conduct the Rescue On Tuesday, April 10, more than 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises ( Astrochelys radiata ) were discovered by local police in a non-descript private residence in Toliara, Madagascar. The floors of virtually every room in the house... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Thursday, April 19, 2018

Statement from AZA on Virgin Holidays’ Donation to National Aquarium

Silver Spring, Maryland – Today, Virgin Holidays’ announced a three-year, $300,000 donation to National Aquarium, located in Baltimore, an Association of Zoos & Aquariums accredited member, in support of their planned dolphin sanctuary for its Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. In response to the announcement, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of AZA, released the following statement: “Each accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums makes animal care and wellness... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Statement on Michigan’s Large Carnivore Act

Silver Spring, Maryland  – On Tuesday, April 10, Michigan House Bill 5778 was introduced to make changes to Michigan’s Large Carnivore Act. Due to a drafting error in the original law, since its enactment in 2000, it has been a violation of the law to breed large carnivores in the state of Michigan. In response to H.B. 5778, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) issued the following statement: AZA applauds the time and thought that has gone into drafting changes to... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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