SAFE Stories

Image of the logo SAFE Saving Animals From ExtinctionThe Association of Zoos & Aquariums, with its member aquariums and zoos and a variety of partners, are taking action to save species through AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction. SAFE combines the power of zoo and aquarium visitors with the resources and collective expertise of AZA members and partners, all focused on saving species. Our collective action will help save vulnerable wildlife species from extinction and protect them for future generations.


Category: African penguin

Zoos and Aquariums Mobilize to Save the African Penguin from Extinction in the Wild

In his National Geographic Ocean Views blog post, Ric Urban, Newport Aquarium Chief Conservation Officer and AZA SAFE African Penguin Individual Identification Project Coordinator, writes about how AZA-accredited facilities are working to protect the future of African penguins: "One would think there is a problem putting these two words together “African & Penguin.”  Don’t penguins need snow and ice to survive?  Looking at the 18 species of... Read More
Posted by Nancy Ramos at Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Saving penguins in South Africa

In his blog post, Ric Urban, Newport Aquarium Chief Conservation Officer and AZA SAFE African Penguin Individual Identification Project Coordinator, writes about the involvement of several AZA-accredited facilities in African penguin conservation efforts in South Africa: " Our AZA African Penguin Tagging Team moves from the mainland to Robben Island. They’re spending 12 days in South Africa, tagging penguins and gathering data on Africa’s endangered penguins. The team includes... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Friday, August 5, 2016

What Do Penguin Keepers do on Summer Break?

The SeaWorld team writes in their blog post about collaborative efforts working to help African penguins: "This week a group of experts from the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund (SWBGCF), Maryland Zoo and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) traveled to South Africa to study African penguins, an endangered species, with the goal of tagging and tracking 10% of the wild population and 100% of all rescued, rehabilitated and released penguins. And you’re... Read More
Posted by Jen Fields at Friday, July 22, 2016

Column: Let’s Talk About Birds: Saving African penguins from extinction

The National Aviary Education Team writes in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette column : "African penguins are superheroes of the feathered variety. They have recently been named a signature species for SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction, a program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The program harnesses the collective power of all AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, like the National Aviary, to support conservation programs for 10 specific critically endangered species, including the... Read More
at Wednesday, May 11, 2016

African Penguin Artificial Nest Development Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa

By: Kevin Graham Bird Supervisor – Dallas Zoo AZA SAFE Artificial Nest Development Project Coordinator In March 2016 a workshop in Cape Town, South Africa was held bringing together people and organizations from around the globe with the sole purpose of examining the nesting needs and current challenges of African penguins.  Along with the Dallas Zoo’s VP of Education and Conservation, Dr. Patty McGill, I had the privilege of meeting with the numerous people who work in... Read More
at Sunday, May 1, 2016

SAFE African Penguin Video

Learn more about efforts to save the African penguin from extinction. Read More
at Friday, May 15, 2015

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