AZA News Releases

Category: SAFE Projects

AZA-Accredited Facilities Are Saving Species

New programs, new and updated plans, and continued impact punctuate Saving Animals From Extinction’s seventh year. Silver Spring, Maryland (May 20, 2022) – For nearly five decades, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its accredited facilities have been utilizing the tools of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to help protect endangered species. AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction® was established in 2015 to harness AZA-accredited zoos and... Read More
at Friday, May 20, 2022

AZA Awards Grant Funding to Conservation Projects

SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction® granting program encourages collaboration to save species. Silver Spring, Md. (March 10, 2022) – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is helping to drive over $580,000 to five conservation projects led by AZA members in the third year of the SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction® (SAFE) granting program. “SAFE species programs and their projects are a globally collaborative effort,” said Dan Ashe, President and CEO... Read More
at Thursday, March 10, 2022

AZA-Accredited Facilities Continue Commitment to Saving Species, Even During a Global Pandemic

AZA member facilities help create two new programs in the past year. Silver Spring, Maryland (May 21, 2021) – For more than a year, the global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the daily operations of Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoos and aquariums, but it has not stopped their commitment to animal care, research, and conservation. In 2019, AZA invested over $230 million towards field conservation, and over 90 percent reported participation in conservation having... Read More
at Friday, May 21, 2021

AZA Selects Conservation Projects to Receive Grant Funding

Almost $730K for conservation in second year of the SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction® granting program. Silver Spring, Md. (February 17, 2021) – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is helping to drive almost $730,000 to four conservation projects led by AZA members in the second year of the SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction® (SAFE) granting program. “It is exciting to witness the growth of the SAFE granting program, both in terms of the scope of the... Read More
at Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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
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