AZA News Releases

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AZA Statement on Cetacean Announcement by Vancouver Aquarium

Silver Spring, Maryland  – The Vancouver Aquarium, an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), today announced that it would no longer display whales and dolphins at the aquarium, with the exception of doing what is best for the Pacific white-sided dolphin currently in its care and any rescued cetaceans that may require temporary housing. In response, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of AZA, issued the following statement: “When your choices are... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Thursday, January 18, 2018

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Urges NJ Gov. Christie’s Veto of “Nosey’s Law,” Continues Support of Original Bill

Update: Governor Christie did not sign "Nosey's Law," effectively ending the legislation for this term. Silver Spring, MD  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) strongly urges New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to veto an amended version of “Nosey’s Law” regulating the use of elephants in entertainment and education. The original version of “Nosey’s Law” (S. 2508), as first introduced in September 2017, would... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Thursday, January 11, 2018

AZA Expands SAFE Conservation Initiative with Addition of Four New Species

Silver Spring, Maryland  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has announced the addition of four species to the AZA SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction® (SAFE) initiative, furthering collaborative conservation efforts to save the world’s most vulnerable animals from extinction. In 2017, giraffes, African vultures, black-footed ferrets, and radiated tortoises were selected, bringing the total number of SAFE Species to 14. Species eligible for the SAFE program... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Announces National Photo Contest Winner

Silver Spring, MD – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has announced the winner of the 2017 AZA Photo Contest, which recognizes exceptional photography taken at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. All photos eligible for submission must be taken by staff or volunteers at an AZA facility, and may feature animals, people, habitats, and other zoo or aquarium scenes. The winning photo and other exceptional submissions are highlighted in the December issue of AZA’s member... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Monday, December 4, 2017

AZA and Cheetah Conservation Fund Lead Celebration of 7th Annual International Cheetah Day, Dec. 4

Washington, D.C.  – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), the longest-running research, education and conservation organization dedicated to saving the wild cheetah, are leading the seventh annual observance of International Cheetah Day on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. What began as a day to generate awareness for the plight of the cheetah -- Africa’s most endangered big cat – International Cheetah Day has become an occasion... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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