The following awards were presented on September 10, 2019, at the Honors and Awards Luncheon during the AZA Annual Conference in New Orleans.
2019 R. Marlin Perkins Award for Professional Excellence
Kristin L. Vehrs
2019 Devra Kleiman Award
Dr. Robert Lacy
Edward H. Bean Award
Endangered Wolf Center—Mexican Wolf
Angela Peterson Excellence in Diversity Award
Potter Park Zoo—Zoo In Your Neighborhood
Oregon Zoo—Coordinated Initiative to Expand Our Circle of Inclusion
The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk—Accessibility for All
Houston Zoo—Saving Wildlife School Partnership Program
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum—Packrat Playhouse: Hidden in the Midden
Nashville Zoo—Cougar Commodore Collaborative
Nashville Zoo—Expedition PERU - Trek of the Andean Bear
New York Aquarium—Ocean Wonders: SHARKS!
Oakland Zoo—California Trail
Zoo Knoxville—Boyd Family Asian Trek
National Aviary—National Aviary's Tropical Rainforest
Omaha Zoo and Aquarium—Children's Adventure Trails
Oregon Zoo—Oregon Zoo Education Center
William G. Conway International Conservation Award
Monterey Bay Aquarium—Seafood Watch Program
Health in Harmony—Saving Orangutan Habitat by Providing Healthcare
North American Conservation Award
Roger Williams Park Zoo/Queens Zoo—New England Cottontail Rabbit Captive Breeding and Recovery Program
Oregon Zoo—Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery
Blank Park Zoo—Plant. Grow. Fly.
Excellence in Marketing Award
Woodland Park Zoo—This Is How We Zoo
Audubon Nature Institute—Audubon Zoo Lights presented by Children's Hospital 2018
Phoenix Zoo—Dinosaurs in the Desert
Toronto Zoo—Come See All That We Do At The Toronto Zoo
South Carolina Aquarium—The Journey Home
Volunteer Engagement Award
The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk—Conversation 2 Conservation
Greensboro Science Center—Animal Encounter Team
Dallas Zoo—Dallas Zoo Volunteers - Catalysts for Local and Global Conservation
The Wilds—Outstanding Wilds Learning Program (OWLs)
In 1978, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums established its highest award for professional excellence, named for its first recipient, R. Marlin Perkins. Only one recipient can be honored in any given year, and since the award criteria are lofty, it is anticipated that the award will not be given every year.
Nominations are accepted year-round and are due no later than December 15th (December 16 in 2019 for the 2020 Award) of the year preceding the year in which the award is to be conferred.
Established July 2017
Animal welfare is a critical part of modern professional animal care, and there are many animals that have benefited from the dedication of animal welfare practitioners. Individuals within the AZA community who have moved the field of animal welfare forward through implementation, research, education, veterinary care and professional development that improves animal lives deserve to and should be recognized. The Animal Welfare Individual Leadership Award honors a person who significantly influences the quality of animals’ lives through long-term personal commitment to the field of animal welfare. The significant contributions can be in the form of animal management, professional development, education, research, and/or exhibit design. Only one recipient can be honored in any given year, and since the award criteria are lofty, it is anticipated that the award will not be given every year. Nominations for 2020 are due by June 1.
Animal Welfare Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Guidelines
In March 2014, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums established an award to recognize outstanding scientific research contributions to the field(s) of animal management, education, and/or conservation within the AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community. This award, named for its first recipient Devra Kleiman, honors an individual’s long-term commitment to using science-based research and mentoring others to advance the zoo and aquarium profession. Only one recipient can be honored in any given year, and since the award criteria are lofty, it is anticipated that the award will not be given every year. Nominations for 2020 are due by June 1.
Devra Kleiman Award Nomination Guidelines
Deadline: June 1 annually
The Tim O'Sullivan Award for Professional Development recognizes significant long-term individual achievement and service to AZA members through the AZA Professional Development Program and the AZA Board of Regents.
About the Tim O'Sullivan Award
Deadline: June 1 annually
Commercial Members who have demonstrated outstanding character, leadership, professional excellence and distinguished service to AZA and fellow Commercial Members. The award is named for its first recipient, Wendy Fisher.
Wendy Fisher Award nomination form and guidelines
The AZA Board of Directors has instituted a moratorium on nominations for Honorary Membership while the Membership Committee and the Board of Directors are in the process of evaluating all membership categories.
AZA has created a special membership category to recognize both members and non-members who have made significant contributions to the profession. Candidates should not be working in the zoo or aquarium profession and are elected by the Board of Directors.
List of Honorary Membership recipients