From the Desk of Dan Ashe

Category: Conservation

Earth Day is 50 Years Old! We Need a Reawakening!

This Earth Day , we are living through a singular moment. The global economy is slowing as governments around the world have issued mandates encouraging social distancing in order to avoid overwhelming national health systems–in the United States alone, COVID-19 has infected over 825,000 people and more than 45,000 people have died, many without the comforting presence of those whom they most love. As a nation, we’ve adopted unprecedented changes in behavior. Yes, these... Read More
at Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Power of Community

Guest blog by Craig Hoover, Executive Vice President of AZA “If you want to go quickly, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.”  This African proverb captures the power of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums community.  We see it in the 238 accredited members who continually raise the bar of what it means to meet the gold standard of a modern zoo or aquarium, constantly pushing to advance the health and welfare of the animals in their care. ... Read More
Posted by Craig Hoover at Thursday, January 30, 2020

5 Things You Didn't Know About Polar Bears

5 Fun Facts about Polar Bears Guest blog written by Rob Vernon, senior vice president of communications and marketing. In honor of Polar Bear Day on February 27th, we’re sharing our favorite fun facts about polar bears, one of the most unique and amazing species on earth! 1. What color are polar bears? While polar bears may appear to have white skin and fur, they actually have black skin and translucent fur, which appears white, their fur reflects light and... Read More
Posted by Rob Vernon at Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Advocating the Importance of Aquariums, Zoos, and Museums

Earlier this week, I joined representatives from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and several of our AZA-accredited members on Capitol Hill for the 10 th Annual Museums Advocacy Day. Museums Advocacy Day is AZA’s chance to join with other museums to demonstrate to Congress the importance of federal funding and other issues affecting museums and emphasize how museums, zoos, and aquariums are essential partners at the federal, state, and local levels in providing education and... Read More
at Thursday, March 1, 2018


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