AZA News Releases

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AZA Thanks Citizen Scientist Participants for a Successful 2017 FrogWatch USA™ Season

Silver Spring, MD – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) extends its gratitude to member zoos and aquariums, chapter hosts, and members of the public who participated in the 2017 season of AZA’s FrogWatch USA citizen science program. Since its founding in 1988, FrogWatch USA has been dedicated to gathering information about frog and toad populations, raising awareness about amphibians and wetlands, and engaging the public in science. Each year, FrogWatch USA volunteers... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, September 6, 2017

AZA Disappointed by Mexico City’s Ban on Marine Mammal Exhibits

Silver Spring, MD – On August 1, the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City, Mexico, voted to ban exhibitions featuring marine mammals. This decision prohibits the public and private use of marine mammals for training, management, entertainment, and therapy. In response, Kris Vehrs, Principal Executive Vice President of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), issued the following statement: “AZA is disappointed to learn of Mexico City’s decision to ban marine mammal... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Friday, August 4, 2017

AZA Announces Two New Animal Management Center Directors

Silver Spring, MD  – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is pleased to announce Kristine Schad as the new director of the AZA Population Management Center (PMC) located at Lincoln Park Zoo . Kristine returns to Lincoln Park Zoo and the PMC after spending 4 years in Europe serving as the first full-time population biologist in the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) office. In that role she assisted EAZA’s managed animal programs in demographic and... Read More
Posted by Ashley Jones at Wednesday, July 26, 2017

AZA Statement on Expedia Announcement

Silver Spring, MD – Yesterday, online travel company, Expedia, Inc., announced plans to better educate travelers about animals in tourism. Expedia also announced it had reviewed its products that involve animals and made the important decision to remove elephant rides as well as those involving direct tourist contact with tigers or other big cats. In response to Expedia’s announcement, Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), released the... Read More
at Friday, July 21, 2017

Statement from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has invited Wayne Pacelle , the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) , to speak at our Annual Conference this fall.  HSUS is active in the animal welfare community and Pacelle has an important perspective to share with conference attendees.  AZA-accredited facilities are well respected by HSUS. That was recently reflected in the following statement Pacelle made in an AZA news... Read More
at Thursday, July 20, 2017

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