National Zoo Keeper Week
It’s National Zoo Keeper Week, an initiative of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK). Keepers provide superb day-to-day care to keep their charges happy and healthy – and they’re also on the front lines of educating the public about wildlife and conservation. In celebrating these dedicated professionals, we asked keepers from different AZA-accredited institutions about their work, and will be featuring their profiles here all week. Read More
Every day, 96 African elephants are killed by poachers – 35,000 in 2012 alone. But there’s hope: conservationists and elephant experts, including those at AZA-accredited zoos, are working with government officials, local communities, and rangers dedicated to stopping poaching.You can help.
Polar Bears International and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums are partnering to connect zoo and aquarium visitors to the impacts of climate disruption on polar bears. AZA-accredited institutions also take part in the Polar Bear Species Survival Plan, a cooperative effort to maintain healthy, genetically diverse populations in zoos and aquariums and to support field conservation efforts. Get involved
Wild tigers are in trouble and need our help. Four of nine subspecies are extinct in the wild, and the Amur, Malayan, and Sumatran subspecies each number fewer than 500 in the wild as the result of poaching and habitat loss. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are taking action, raising money and awareness through the Tiger Conservation Campaign. Learn about the campaign and spread the word!
FrogWatch USATM is AZA’s citizen science program that invites individuals and families to learn about the wetlands in their communities and help conserve amphibians by reporting the calls of local frogs and toads. For more than ten years, volunteers have been trained how to collect and contribute data to this nationwide program that can be… Read More
The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk welcomed three Southern cassowary chicks on Friday, June 20, 2014. This is the second clutch for parents Boris and Earline, who had a single male chick, Hallager, in June 2013. Boris, shown below with his new offspring, incubated the eggs and is raising the chicks; after laying the eggs, female… Read More
Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there – of all species! Red river hogs enjoy a snack with dad at the Sacramento Zoo! YUM! Boris, a male cassowary, with his chick Hallager at the Virginia Zoo just after he hatched on June 11, 2013. Cassowary fathers incubate the eggs and look after the… Read More
The Woodland Park Zoo welcomed an Edwards’s pheasant on May 21 – the first of its species to hatch at the zoo. The Edwards’s pheasant, native to the rain forests of central Vietnam, is listed as critically endangered and perhaps even extinct in the wild. The last confirmed sighting was in 2000, and none were… Read More
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Zebra Pen Corporation are collaborating to support the conservation of the endangered Grevy’s zebra! Zebra Pen has committed to a $15,000 contribution to support the conservation of the endangered Grevy’s zebra. The contribution will help fund AZA conservation programs and Grevy’s Zebra Trust — the only organization… Read More
June 8th is World Oceans Day, a time to celebrate this wonderful resource that gives us so many essentials for life. Our oceans and the wide variety of species that live there are in danger from habitat loss, climate change, marine debris, over-fishing, chemical pollutants, marine noise, bioaccumulation, and acidification. AZA-accredited organizations work year-round on conservation… Read More
Meet Oswald and Juno: two sea otter pups that were discovered abandoned on California’s coastline. Oswald was found in November 2013 and Juno in January 2014. Staff with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation program arranged for the rescue of the pups and their transport to Monterey. Take a look at Oswald having a… Read More
Friday, May 23rd is World Turtle Day! Many AZA-accredited institutions take part in conservation and rehabilitation of turtles of all kinds. Here are just a few of their stories: The Georgia Aquarium rehabilitates and releases loggerhead sea turtles back into their natural habitats through their 4R program. They satellite-tag the turtles, which allows them to… Read More
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is happy to announce their new addition of a bighorn lamb! The lamb was born on May 10th and was the first of its species born at the museum since 2007. The sex of the newborn is still unknown. Update, June 13, 2014: The Museum has confirmed that the new arrival… Read More
May 16th is Endangered Species Day! AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums fund over 2650 conservation projects in over 130 countries and spend upwards of $160 million dollars annually on conservation initiatives and education to give animals the helping hand they desperately need. Here a few conservation success stories. Forty years ago there were roughly 5-20 adult… Read More