AZA News Releases

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Statement from AZA regarding the APHIS Proposed Rule on Marine Mammals

Silver Spring, MD  – Yesterday, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service released a proposed rule on changes to regulations on marine mammals. In response, the AZA released the following statement: Facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) provide the highest level of animal care and are dedicated to constantly ‎advancing animal welfare standards. AZA has a long history of working with the officials at the Animal and Plant Health... Read More
at Thursday, February 4, 2016

Statement from AZA regarding the USFWS approval of an African elephant import permit

Silver Spring, MD  – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved an import permit to allow 18 African elephants to be brought into the country by three zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). In response, the AZA released the following statement: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is pleased that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved the African elephant import permit requested by three AZA member zoos: Dallas Zoo,... Read More
at Thursday, January 28, 2016

AZA Program for Potential Future Executives of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums Begins Third Year

Silver Spring, MD  – According to preliminary results from research, it is estimated that there will be approximately 20 zoo or aquarium director openings ‎per year for the next 10 years at facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Knowing this, the AZA is proactively working to educate and train the next generation of leaders of AZA-accredited zoological facilities through the Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). Entering the third year... Read More
at Monday, January 25, 2016

Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Announces Recipients of Quarter Century Award

Silver Spring, MD - The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the primary accrediting body for top zoos and aquariums in the United States since 1974, announced today the recipients of the Association's Quarter Century Award. Established in 2015, this new award acknowledges facilities that have maintained AZA accreditation continuously for 25 years or more, highlighting their commitment to animal care, welfare, conservation, education, and more. The inaugural group of 119 awardees... Read More
at Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Join AZA-Accredited Zoos and Cheetah Conservation Fund in Celebrating International Cheetah Day, Dec

Washington, D.C.  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will join Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in inviting wildlife lovers from all over the globe to celebrate the world’s fastest feline on International Cheetah Day this Thursday, December 4. This year marks the fifth anniversary of this special occasion designed to generate awareness about the plight of the cheetah, which, with fewer than 10,000 remaining in the wild, is Africa’s most... Read More
at Thursday, December 3, 2015

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