SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recognized the achievements of nearly 30 member facilities in the fields of conservation, education, research, exhibit design, marketing, diversity, and volunteer engagement during the annual AZA conference this September in New Orleans.
AZA also recognized two individuals who have demonstrated their passion for wildlife conservation and made significant, ground-breaking contributions to the zoo and aquarium profession.
AZA awarded the organization’s highest honor, the R. Marlin Perkins Award for Professional Excellence, to Kris Vehrs, AZA’s Executive Director, who will be retiring this January.
AZA also presented the Devra Kleiman Award for Scientific Advancement to Dr. Robert Lacy, an expert in population genetics and Senior Conservation Scientist Emeritus at the Chicago Zoological Society.
“We are proud to honor the distinguished leaders in our profession for their outstanding accomplishments,” said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe. “Their contributions and mentorship have inspired all within the zoo and aquarium community to advance AZA’s mission of creating a world where all people respect value, and conserve wildlife and wild places.”
The 2019 Honors and Awards recipients are as follows:
Edward H. Bean Award
William G. Conway International Conservation Award:
North American Conservation Award
Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Award
Excellence in Marketing Award
Volunteer Engagement Award
Quarter Century Award (for 25 years of continuous AZA accreditation)
To learn more about AZA’s Honors and Awards, visit https://www.aza.org/honors-awards.
Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and eleven other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.
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