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U.S. Representative Andrew Garbarino Becomes New Co-Chair of the Congressional Zoo & Aquarium Caucus

Silver Spring, Maryland (July 6, 2022) – U.S. Representative Andrew Garbarino (R-NY-02) is now serving alongside U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) as a co-chair of the Congressional Zoo & Aquarium Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus is comprised of a bipartisan group of more than 70 Members of Congress who support facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

As co-chair of the Caucus, Representative Garbarino will work with his colleagues to advance the mission of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums in the areas of animal welfare and care, wildlife conservation, education, and science.  The caucus was founded in 2005 by the late U.S. Representative Julia Carson (D-IN-07) and former U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus (R-AL-06).

“Zoos and aquariums are essential leaders in wildlife conservation, science and education, and animal welfare,” said Representative Garbarino. “They are also core economic drivers in their communities, providing jobs and tourism revenue amounting to upwards of $22 billion in annual economic activity across the U.S. I am very much looking forward to working with the AZA and my fellow Caucus members to continue to advance the crucial work of zoos and aquariums.”

U.S. Representative Garbarino represents the 2nd District of New York. He serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security, including as Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation Subcommittee. He also is a member of the Committee on Small Business.

“I’m thrilled to be working with my colleague across the aisle to support AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and their missions. Representative Garbarino has consistently proven his commitment to these vital institutions, and their important role in our communities,” said Representative Quigley, co-chair of the Congressional Zoo & Aquarium Caucus. “Americans of all ages, incomes, and political parties visit zoos and aquariums every day. Supporting these educational centers is a bipartisan issue. Together, Rep. Garbarino, the entire Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus, and I will work to support zoos and aquariums and continue promoting animal welfare and care, wildlife conservation, education, and science.”

“Aquariums, nature centers, science centers, and zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums are mainstays in their communities. The members of the Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus recognize the impact these facilities have in their districts, both as safe, family destinations, and as providing the gold standard of animal wellbeing to animals in their care. We welcome Congressman Garbarino as co-chair of the Caucus and look forward to working closely with him, ” said Dan Ashe, President and CEO of AZA.

Said John F. Calvelli, Wildlife Conservation Society EVP of Public Affairs and Chair of the AZA Government Affairs Committee: “AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums share a common mission to inspire people to care about nature and educate visitors about wildlife and the threats they face. They facilitate life-long connections between people of all ages and nature in all places – helping to create the next generation of conservation stewards. Congressman Garbarino is an advocate for children, families, and communities and understands how we all benefit from the contribution of zoos and aquariums. We welcome him and his leadership on the caucus.”

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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 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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