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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.... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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

Silver Spring, MD – 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 mammal... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones 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
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, MD  - 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 emergency rescue... Read More
at Tuesday, April 4, 2017

AZA Program for Potential Future Executives of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums Begins Fourth Year

Silver Spring, MD  – Based on a recent survey of directors at AZA aquariums and zoos, it is estimated that there will be approximately 20 zoo or aquarium director openings ‎per year for the next 10 years at facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Knowing this, the AZA is proactively working to educate and train the next generation of leaders of AZA-accredited zoological facilities through the Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) .... Read More
at Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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