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 efforts. While AZA is disappointed that it appears FWS is stepping back from the wild population of red wolf, AZA and its members are prepared to step up and continue to maintain a healthy, genetically viable population in human care."
Currently, 27 AZA-accredited facilities are working to rebuild the population of red wolf, which are also part of the AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction® program. Between 2012 and 2016, AZA members spent nearly $1.5 million on red wolf conservation efforts.
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 www.aza.org.
About SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction®
SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction® combines the power of zoo and aquarium visitors with the resources and collective expertise of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and partners to save animals from extinction. Together we are working on saving the most vulnerable wildlife species from extinction and protecting them for future generations. To learn more, visit www.aza.org/aza-safe.
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