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 Fresno Bee writes: "Fresno Chaffee Zoo is joining an effort to save Northern California’s only native turtles, which are dying off because non-native critters are taking their food and eating their eggs and young.
The northern western pond turtle may be tiny – 8 to 10 inches long and less than 2 pounds fully grown – but it’s a big deal when it comes to research. Their range is from Washington state into California. A second species, which is struggling even more, is found along the Central and Southern California coasts and into Baja California." Read full article