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AZA Honors Two Legislators with 2018 'Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums Award’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has awarded its annual “Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums” Award to Representative Ed Royce (R-CA-39) and Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-5). The honors were presented at the annual AZA Congressional Reception on May 16, 2018 on Capitol Hill.

The “Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums” award recognizes the outstanding work done by members of Congress on behalf of zoos and aquariums. Both Rep. Quigley and Rep. Royce have been long-time supporters of zoos and aquariums and advocates for wildlife conservation and environmental protection.

“Support from our legislators enables AZA to continue important science education programs and conservation initiatives as we work together to save wildlife and wild places,” said Dan Ashe, President and CEO of AZA. “AZA and its accredited facilities are grateful for the support Representative Royce and Representative Quigley have provided to our members on a local, state, and national level.”

Rep. Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is a champion for international wildlife conservation and author of the END Wildlife Trafficking Act (H.R. 2494) which was signed into law in 2016. In 2017, Rep. Royce introduced the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (H.R. 1456) making it illegal to possess, buy, or sell shark fins or any product containing shark fins, a bill which AZA supports.

“Zoos and aquariums play a vital role in educating the public about how wildlife conservation impacts all of our lives,” said Rep. Royce. “Cracking down on wildlife trafficking not only helps protect some of the world’s most majestic animals, it also strengthens U.S. national security.”

Rep. Quigley is a member of the Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus, as well as the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus. As the Vice-Chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, Rep. Quigley is an advocate for strong environmental policies that protect the world’s natural resources. His district includes the AZA-accredited Lincoln Park Zoo.

“It is an honor to be recognized with the 2018 Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums Award,” said Rep. Quigley. “I am fortunate to have some of the best zoos and aquariums in the country in my home city of Chicago, and I am thankful for the opportunity to see their value and impact firsthand. I look forward to continuing to champion the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ mission to preserve these special places for future science education, wildlife conservation, and family recreation.”

The Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus advances the conservation science and education mission of the nation’s 214 accredited zoos and aquariums. The goals of the Caucus are to recognize the impact of America’s zoos and aquariums as they promote science education, conservation and family recreation; foster appreciation for the work of zoos and aquariums as they inspire stewardship, caring and discovery of wildlife and wild places; and promote zoos and aquariums as centers of excellence in science education, wildlife conservation, and natural partners with public schools.

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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