AZA News Releases

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AZA Statement on TripAdvisor’s New Animal Encounter Booking Policy

Silver Spring, MD – Yesterday, the travel and tourism website TripAdvisor announced a new booking policy, noting it would no longer sell tickets to certain attractions or experiences where tourists come into physical contact with animals. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) stands behind every animal encounter program offered by its members. Kris Vehrs, Interim President and CEO of AZA, issued the following statement: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums agrees with... Read More
at Thursday, October 13, 2016

On World Rhino Day, AZA Applauds Passage of Important Wildlife Trafficking Legislation

Silver Spring, MD – Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act,” clearing the legislation for President Barack Obama’s signature. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and its members applaud the passage of this legislation that will help combat poaching and wildlife trafficking. “AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are working closely with government and international partners... Read More
at Thursday, September 22, 2016

Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute Director Dennis Kelly Sworn-In as Chair of the Board at Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Past Chair of the AZA Board of Directors Dennis Pate (left) presents Chair of the Board Dennis Kelly (right) with a gavel to officially mark the beginning of his term     Silver Spring, Maryland – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is announcing the swearing-in of Dennis Kelly, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, as the new Chair of the AZA Board of Directors. “Dennis’s extensive... Read More
at Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Critical Wildlife Conservation and Research Projects Funded by AZA-Accredited Zoos and Aquariums

Silver Spring, MD – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced AZA Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) grants totaling nearly $250,000 to be awarded to 13 projects. “AZA’s Conservation Grants Fund provides support to AZA members who are working to expand our knowledge about wildlife species and the threats they face in their natural ranges,” said AZA Senior Vice President of Conservation and Science Dr. Debborah Luke. “These scientists, wildlife... Read More
at Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Awards 44 Nature Play Grants

Silver Spring, Md. – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced the recipients of 37 “ Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium ” grants. With support from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF), these competitive grants, selected through a rigorous review by a panel of industry experts, are being presented to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education. “AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums play an... Read More
at Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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