AZA News Releases

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AZA Board of Directors Announces USFWS Director Dan Ashe As Organization’s Next President and CEO

Silver Spring, MD -  The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Board of Directors today announced the selection of current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel M. Ashe as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of its 233-member organization. In January, Ashe will succeed Jim Maddy, who retired from AZA earlier this year. “Leading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a great honor and privilege, and I look forward to the opportunity to help lead a community of... Read More
at Friday, August 19, 2016

AZA-Accredited Facilities Assist in Historic Reintroduction of Black-footed Ferrets to Natural Range

Black-footed Ferret, National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center (Ryan Hagerty/USFWS) Silver Spring, Maryland (August 3, 2016) – Thirty-five years after the species was rediscovered after having been believed to be extinct, a historic reintroduction has taken place, marking another positive step toward recovery for the black-footed ferret, one of North America’s most endangered mammals. On July 26, 2016, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in partnership with... Read More
at Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Statement from AZA on a New Spurious List, Attacking AZA-Accredited Aquariums

Silver Spring, MD  – Today, an animal activist organization released a list of what it believes are 10 aquariums that represent bad animal welfare for dolphins and whales, four of which are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Kris Vehrs, Interim President & CEO of AZA, issued the following statement regarding this spurious list: “The Association of Zoos and Aquariums rejects any list created by personal beliefs and innuendo rather than hard science and... Read More
at Wednesday, July 20, 2016

First-ever Elephant Welfare in Zoos Studies Published by Scientific Journal PLOS ONE

Silver Spring, MD – Today, the scientific journal PLOS ONE released a series of peer-reviewed scientific articles on elephants in North American zoos. The study was originally funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant, and included zoos which are members of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Following the release of the digital collection of articles, AZA released the following statement: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums and its members which... Read More
at Thursday, July 14, 2016

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Statement on Oregon Endangered Species Ballot Measure

Silver Spring, MD – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today released the following statement, endorsing a possible Oregon ballot initiative to prohibit the sale of products and parts from certain endangered and threatened species: At the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, animal conservation and protection across the globe is a fundamental part of our mission. One of the greatest threats to endangered animals like elephants, rhinos and sharks is poaching and illicit... Read More
at Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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