AZA News Releases

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Joint Statement on Tiger Farms by AZA and Conservation NGOs

On Global Tiger Day, we, the undersigned organizations affirm our commitment to the protection and preservation of wild tigers,  are committed to working in collaboration with governments across the globe, and in particular tiger range countries, to assure a future for tigers in the wild. We recognize the important role conservation breeding plays in assuring a future for tigers and other endangered species. We seek to raise awareness and a clear understanding however, that tiger farms... Read More
at Sunday, July 29, 2018

AZA Statement on USFWS’ Proposed Rule Change for Red Wolf

Silver Spring, Maryland  – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a proposal to change the regulations protecting the endangered red wolf. In response, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and former Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, issued the following statement: "The Association of Zoos and Aquariums and its members have a long history of partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on species recovery... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Thursday, June 28, 2018

AZA Honors Two Legislators with 2018 'Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums Award’

Silver Spring, Maryland - The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has awarded its annual “Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums” Award to Representative Ed Royce (R-CA-39) and Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-5). The honors were presented at the annual AZA Congressional Reception on May 16, 2018 on Capitol Hill. The “Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums” award recognizes the outstanding work done by members of Congress on behalf of zoos and aquariums. Both Rep.... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Statement on Michigan’s Revised Large Carnivore Act

Silver Spring, Maryland – Tomorrow, the Michigan House Agriculture Committee will consider House Bill 5778. The bill will make changes to Michigan’s Large Carnivore Act. Due to a drafting error in the original law of 2000, it has been a violation of the law to breed large carnivores in the state of Michigan. In anticipation of the consideration of H.B. 5778, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) issued the following statement: One month ago, AZA brought to the attention... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Tuesday, May 22, 2018

On Endangered Species Day, Association of Zoos and Aquariums Celebrate Third Year of Successful Collaborative Conservation Initiative

Two Additional Species Added to AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction as Program Enters Third Year Silver Spring, Maryland – Over the last three years, facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) assisted in the rescue of more than 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises from the illegal wildlife trade, built and installed hundreds of artificial nests in African penguin colonies, and conducted innovative research on an emerging wildlife disease... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Friday, May 18, 2018

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