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AZA Statement on Neumunster Zoo News Story

Silver Spring, MD (April 15, 2020) – According to a recent news story, the Neumunster Zoo in Neumunster, Germany has indicated that it may, as a last resort, sacrifice animals at its zoo to feed other animals should supply lines become compromised due to COVID-19. In response to the news report, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, issued the following statement:

“The Nuemunster Zoo is not a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We are in regular, ongoing contact with our members, and they are in contact with each other. I am confident that all of our members are continuing to provide the exceptional animal care that is a hallmark and requirement of AZA accreditation. While all AZA members are currently operating under severe economic stress, none is in a position where animal care is compromised.

If a similar situation were to occur at an AZA-accredited facility, I am confident AZA and its members would find a way to provide assistance, including moving any animals the facility could not care for.”

For a complete listing of AZA’s accreditation standards, click here. 

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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 12 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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