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AZA-Accredited Zoos and Aquariums Celebrate Earth Day with 10th Annual Party For the Planet™

Approximately 130 zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) are joining together for the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America—the 10th Annual Party For the Planet™.

“Party For the Planet™ offers families a unique opportunity to visit their local AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium, celebrate the Earth’s biodiversity, and learn how they can take action to make a difference,” said AZA Interim President and CEO Kris Vehrs. “AZA-accredited facilities are working to help save species worldwide, and it is our hope that the 183 million annual visitors to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums will continue to help us raise awareness about endangered species and the threats they face by treating every day as Earth Day.”

In 2014, AZA-accredited institutions contributed $154 million annually in support of 3,145 field conservation initiatives in 130 countries. These projects focused on conserving habitats, as well as on species-specific initiatives. Based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) statuses of these species, five are extinct in the wild (Guam rail, Kihansi spray toad, Socorro dove, scimitar-horned oryx, and the Wyoming toad), 102 are critically endangered, and 121 are endangered.

On Earth Day, April 22, and throughout the rest of the month, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America are hosting events to raise awareness about conservation, sustainable living and protecting our Earth and its inhabitants for future generations. Scheduled Party for the Planet™ events include education presentations, keeper talks, environmental activities and more!

To help you find the Party for the Planet™ event nearest you, below is a list of participating zoos and aquariums. (Please be sure to check their websites for additional information.)

Abilene Zoo

Adventure Aquarium

Akron Zoo

Alexandria Zoo

Aquarium of the Pacific

Assiniboine Park Zoo

Audubon Nature Institute

Birmingham Zoo

Blank Park Zoo

Brandywine Zoo

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Brevard Zoo

Buffalo Zoo

Butterfly Pavilion

Buttonwood Park Zoo

Caldwell Zoo

Calgary Zoo

Cameron Park Zoo

Cape May County Park and Zoo

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens


Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Cosley Zoo

David Traylor Zoo of Emporia

Denver Zoo

Dickerson Park Zoo

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park/ The Seas with Nemo & Friends

El Paso Zoo

Ellen Trout Zoo

Elmwood Park Zoo

Erie Zoo

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Georgia Aquarium

Gladys Porter Zoo

Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History

Greenville Zoo

Henry Vilas Zoo

Henson Robinson Zoo

Houston Zoo

Hutchinson Zoo

Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Jenkinson's Aquarium

John Ball Zoo

John G. Shedd Aquarium

Kansas City Zoo

Knoxville Zoo

Lake Superior Zoo

Lee Richardson Zoo

Lehigh Valley Zoo

Lincoln Children's Zoo

Lion Country Safari

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Louisville Zoo

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Memphis Zoo

Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

Milwaukee County Zoo

Mystic Aquarium

Naples Zoo

Nashville Zoo

National Aquarium

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

NEW Zoo & Adventure Park

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

North Carolina Zoo

Oakland Zoo

Ocean Park Hong Kong

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

Peoria Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Potawatomi Zoo

Racine Zoo

Red River Zoo

Reid Park Zoo

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Rolling Hills Zoo

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park

Sacramento Zoo

Saint Louis Zoo

Salisbury Zoo

San Francisco Zoo and Gardens

Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

Scovill Zoo

Sea World San Antonio

Sedgwick County Zoo

Seneca Park Zoo

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

South Carolina Aquarium

Stone Zoo

Sunset Zoo

Texas State Aquarium

The Jackson Zoo

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

The Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden

The Palm Beach Zoo

The Phoenix Zoo

The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

The Virginia Zoological Society

Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

Tracy Aviary

Tulsa Zoo

Utah's Hogle Zoo

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Virginia Living Museum

Virginia Zoo

WAVE Foundation at the Newport Aquarium

Wildlife Safari

Zoo Miami

About AZA

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 eight 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

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