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Category: SAFE partnerships

On Endangered Species Day, Association of Zoos and Aquariums Celebrate Third Year of Successful Collaborative Conservation Initiative

Two Additional Species Added to AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction as Program Enters Third Year Silver Spring, Maryland – Over the last three years, facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) assisted in the rescue of more than 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises from the illegal wildlife trade, built and installed hundreds of artificial nests in African penguin colonies, and conducted innovative research on an emerging wildlife disease... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Friday, May 18, 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

AZA and Cheetah Conservation Fund Lead Celebration of 7th Annual International Cheetah Day, Dec. 4

Washington, D.C.  – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), the longest-running research, education and conservation organization dedicated to saving the wild cheetah, are leading the seventh annual observance of International Cheetah Day on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. What began as a day to generate awareness for the plight of the cheetah -- Africa’s most endangered big cat – International Cheetah Day has become an occasion... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Stonyfield Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Help Nation’s Youth Visit AZA-Accredited Zoos and Aquariums

Silver Spring, MD – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Stonyfield Organic have announced the launch of a new Indiegogo campaign to help inspire the next generation of wildlife conservation leaders.  Stonyfield’s #FutureLeaders campaign will raise funds to give approximately 5,000 children from the Boys & Girls Club of America the chance to visit their local participating AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium. As part of the campaign, Stonyfield will match every... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Thousands Take Action to Help Save Endangered African Penguins and “Invest In The Nest”

Over 2,200 people contribute to Kickstarter crowd-funded success story. Silver Spring, MD  – Following a 30-day campaign, over 2,200 supporters from across the U.S. and around the world joined the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), its members and partners in taking direct action to help save African penguins from extinction. The $193,560 raised through the “Invest In The Nest” campaign on Kickstarter will build and place over 2,000 artificial nests in South... Read More
at Monday, June 26, 2017

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