Silver Spring, MD– Today, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums presented its first annual “Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums” Award to Representative Daniel Lipinski (IL-3).
Presented at the Annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums Congressional Reception on May 11, 2011 on Capitol Hill, the award commemorates the outstanding work done by Congressman Lipinski as a long-standing Co-Chair of the Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus. Congressman Lipinski’s district includes the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo in Illinois.
“Congressman Lipinski understands the importance of the economic impact and science education programs of Brookfield Zoo,” said Jim Maddy, President and CEO of AZA. “We are grateful for his support of Brookfield Zoo and accredited zoos and aquariums across the country.”
“Dan Lipinski has been a tireless advocate for Brookfield Zoo,” said Stuart Strahl, president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages the zoo. “Dan understands the role that Brookfield Zoo plays in driving the region’s economy and has worked to grow the zoo’s significant positive economic impact.”
Congressman Lipinski joined the Zoos and Aquariums Caucus in 2006 during his first term in Congress. As Ranking Member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, he has closely monitored the educational programs of zoos and aquariums and hosted hearings examining the impact these institutions have on their communities.
“I have witnessed firsthand the tremendous informal education benefits of zoos and aquariums,” Congressman Lipinski said. “The formative experiences offered to students at zoos and aquariums have the ability to spur lifelong interest in the sciences.”
The Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus advances the conservation science and education mission of the nation’s 213 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.
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