AZA News Releases

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AZA Statement on Neumunster Zoo News Story

Silver Spring, MD ( April 15, 2020) – According to a recent news story, the Neumunster Zoo in Neumunster, Germany has indicated that it may, as a last resort, sacrifice animals at its zoo to feed other animals should supply lines become compromised due to COVID-19. In response to the news report, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, issued the following statement: “The Nuemunster Zoo is not a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We... Read More
at Wednesday, April 15, 2020

AZA Accreditation Commission Grants Accreditation to 23 Facilities

Meeting virtually, the Commission conducts hearings, announces one-year stay for all AZA members in wake of COVID-19. Silver Spring, MD  – In early March, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums announced the cancellation of its Mid-Year Meeting due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The meeting, which was to be held in Palm Springs, Calif., is one of two times per year when the AZA Accreditation Commission meets to review applications for accreditation and certification as a... Read More
at Friday, April 10, 2020

AZA and AAZV Statement on COVID-19 Positive Tiger in New York

Leading zoo organizations are collaborating globally following a positive test. Silver Spring, MD  – The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced yesterday that the Bronx Zoo, a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), had reported a tiger has tested positive for COVID-19. AZA and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) are in close communication regarding this discovery, and Dan... Read More
at Monday, April 6, 2020

Coalition Hosts Wildlife Trafficking Summit, Launches Wildlife Confiscations Network

Silver Spring, Md. (March 11, 2020) —The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), San Diego Zoo Global, and AZA’s Wildlife Trafficking Alliance organized a two-day summit in late February to discuss efforts to combat wildlife trafficking and the challenges presented when wild animals and plants (wildlife) are confiscated by law enforcement.  The summit led to the establishment of the Southern California Wildlife Confiscations Network (“the Network”), a pilot... Read More
at Wednesday, March 11, 2020

AZA Selects Conservation Projects to Receive Grant Funding

SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction® is protecting imperiled species. Cross River Gorilla. Credit: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Nigeria Silver Spring, Md. (February 26, 2020) – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is helping to bring more than $400,000 to five conservation projects led by AZA members through the newly establish SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction® (SAFE) granting program. With initial funding from the Arthur L. and Elaine V.... Read More
at Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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