AZA News Releases

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Statement from AZA on Proposed Legislation to Phase Out Public Display of Killer Whales

Silver Spring, MD  – Today, U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA-28) announced legislation that would phase out the ability of zoological facilities to publicly display killer whales. In response, the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) released the following statement: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums strongly believes Congress should not be in the business of deciding which animals that facilities properly licensed by the United States Department of... Read More
at Friday, November 6, 2015

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Statement on Initiative 1401

Silver Spring, MD  – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today released the following statement, noting the passage of Initiative 1401 in Washington state: Yesterday, the voters of Washington State overwhelmingly supported Initiative 1401, a first-in-the-nation ban on the import of endangered species products into the state. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) was a proud supporter of I-1401 and is very pleased with the outcome. A host of... Read More
at Wednesday, November 4, 2015

AZA Announces Recipients of Animal Program Leader Awards and Outstanding Service Awards

Silver Spring, MD  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has recognized 15 exemplary professionals within the zoo and aquarium community with Animal Program Leader Recognition Awards, and 18 individuals who have made exceptional contributions as leaders with Outstanding Service Awards at the Association’s recent Annual Conference.“AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos are important centers for conservation within local communities and collaboratively work to have a... Read More
at Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Awards 44 Nature Play Grants

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced the recipients of 44 “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants. Supported through a special gift from the Disney Conservation Fund, 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 are centers... Read More
at Wednesday, September 9, 2015

AZA's statement on Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s decision to forfeit AZA accreditation

Silver Spring, MD  – Today the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium announced that it would forfeit its Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ accreditation effective immediately. In response, Jim Maddy, President and CEO of AZA, issued the following statement: “The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ accreditation is widely regarded as representing the highest standards in animal welfare and care, including modern zoological practices related to elephants. The AZA is... Read More
at Monday, August 17, 2015

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