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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 | May 2016

Government of the People, For the Animals: Initiative 1401 in Washington State

In a 70 percent landslide, more than 1 million people voted in favor of Initiative 1401 to protect elephants, rhinos, tigers, lions, cheetahs, leopards, pangolins, sharks, rays and sea turtles. The measure passed on 3 November 2015 in all 39 Washington counties, from the most liberal to the quite conservative.

The passage of I-1401 resulted from the teamwork of four Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited facilities in collaboration with animal welfare advocates, conservation organizations and a generous philanthropist.

To read more of Government of the People, For the Animals and other feature articles, visit the May issue of Connect. (Photo: Carved Ivory and Tusk © Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium)

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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