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)
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