AZA News Releases

Category: SAFE Projects

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

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

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