AZA News Releases

Category: SAFE Projects

Saving turtles together – AZA SAFE American Turtles Program

New national partnership begins to protect America’s turtles, end illegal trafficking Eastern Box Turtle. Credit: Thom Benson, Tennessee Aquarium Chattanooga, Tenn. (Feb. 25, 2020) – Whether they’re hiding them in suitcases, stuffing them into socks or (poorly) disguising them as candy, wildlife traffickers have concocted many schemes to smuggle thousands of turtles out of the United States each year. This illegal trade is fueled by a rabid demand for... Read More
at Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Zoos and Aquariums Announce 1 Million Cards Campaign to Help Save the Vaquita Porpoise from Extinction

Campaign aims to influence Mexico’s incoming president to continue conservation initiatives to save the fewer than 30 vaquitas left in the world, which are found only in Mexico LONG BEACH, Calif. –   In an effort to save the vaquita porpoise from extinction, zoos and aquariums in the U.S. are launching a public, worldwide 1 Million Cards postcard-writing campaign. The effort, which is led by Vaquita SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction), a collaborative effort by... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Tuesday, December 4, 2018

AZA Statement on USFWS’ Proposed Rule Change for Red Wolf

SILVER SPRING, Md.  – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a proposal to change the regulations protecting the endangered red wolf. In response, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and former Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, issued the following statement: "The Association of Zoos and Aquariums and its members have a long history of partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on species recovery... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Thursday, June 28, 2018

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, Md. – 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

AZA Expands SAFE Conservation Initiative with Addition of Four New Species

SILVER SPRING, Md.  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has announced the addition of four species to the AZA SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction® (SAFE) initiative, furthering collaborative conservation efforts to save the world’s most vulnerable animals from extinction. In 2017, giraffes, African vultures, black-footed ferrets, and radiated tortoises were selected, bringing the total number of SAFE Species to 14. Species eligible for the SAFE program are... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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