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AZA Awards 44 Nature Play Grants

Supported through a special gift from the Disney Conservation Fund, these competitive grants are presented to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education.

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AZA Launches TailsUp! App

TailsUp! is a game developed by AZA to help connect kids and families with nature. It's free to download; proceeds from in-app purchases support our conservation work. Available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

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FrogWatch USA Featured on SciGirls

Get inspired to become a FrogWatch USA citizen scientist! Watch four dynamic middle-school girls participate at the Saint Louis Zoo on "Frog Whisperers," a new episode in PBS KIDS’ Emmy Award-winning TV series SciGirls.


Connect Magazine | April 2016

Check and Mate: Research Drives Matchmaking in the Zoo and Aquarium World

For Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited facilities, maintaining sustainable animal populations can feel like playing a game of chess. In order for animal populations to be sustainable, the animals must reproduce. But because of limited resources, animal compatibility, and individual personalities when, where and, often, how that reproduction happens can require complex strategies, tactics and research. To read more of Check and Mate and other feature articles, visit the April issue of Connect. (Photo: Komodo Dragon © Thinkstock)

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Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium

Our newly rebranded website AZA Animals invites kids and families to meet the animals of AZA-accredited institutions, support the AZA community's conservation work, and develop connections with nature. Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium is a collaboration between AZA and The Walt Disney Company that invites accredited zoos and aquariums to expand their commitment to connecting families to nature – and encourages families to get out and play, at a zoo or aquarium or anywhere outdoors. Read more about the importance of nature play and the important role of zoos & aquariums