The 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.
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 African penguin. By breaking down larger international goals of conservation into smaller projects, SAFE enables zoos and aquariums and their visitors to have a more lasting conservation impact." Read full article