AZA 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.

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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

The Living Desert's Director of Education Named Public Engagement Coordinator for the Cheetah Conservation Action Plan

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens writes: "The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is proud to announce its director of education, Mike Chedester, has been appointed public engagement coordinator for the Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE) Cheetah Conservation Action Plan. The SAFE program, initiated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), is an outreach plan that focuses the collective expertise of all accredited zoos and aquariums to leverage their large audiences, including... Read More
Posted by Jen Fields at Monday, July 25, 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

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

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