It’s well-known that AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums provide the gold standard of animal care and welfare at their facilities. We are constantly going above and beyond, raising our standards, doing more and better conservation and animal welfare, and improving our education, research, and veterinary programs.
Last month, USA Today recognized several of our facilities in their annual “10 Best: Readers Choice” as voted on by hundreds of thousands of readers. Our public clearly acknowledges AZA members as best-of-the-best. AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos dominated their categories. In fact, all ten finalists of the Best Zoo, Best Zoo Exhibit, and Best Aquarium competitions were AZA member facilities! I’d like to specially congratulate our winners for their well-deserved honor once again.
Best Zoo Exhibit
There’s more! Six of our accredited safari parks were voted as the Best Safari Park in the nation, with AZA-accredited Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Safari receiving the top honor for the second year in a row. Other top finalists included: Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, The Wilds, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Lion Country Safari, and Safari West. Congratulations!
Earning these honors from the public prove that AZA-accredited facilities world-class. In fact, only 10% of animal holding facilities in the US have achieved our rigorous accreditation standards.And our excellence is not limited to these fields; AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos have been nationally recognized for their creativity and engagement with guests, both on and off facility grounds.
AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are among the most creative advertisers in out of home media (OOH).
Year after year, zoos and aquariums earn national recognition for billboards and other large-format displays. On May 21, Phoenix Zoo and Florida Aquarium won OBIE Awards from the Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA).
The Florida Aquarium also won an OBIE Award last year for its campaign promoting free admission on Mother’s Day weekend. The series of colorful, creative billboards depicted one-of-a-kind “flowers” using fish from the aquarium as the “petals,” to suggest visiting the aquarium on Mother’s Day versus other traditional Mother’s Day gifts.