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The Buffalo Zoo, AZA, and You:A Natural Connection

Zoos and aquariums are always fun and educational to visit. You can also feel great about your visit to the Buffalo Zoo for other reasons, too. As an institution accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), we’ve met rigorous, professional standards for animal management, veterinary care, wildlife conservation and research, education, safety, staffing, and more.

Fewer than 10% of the USDA-licensed wildlife exhibitors in the United States are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We are proud that the Buffalo Zoo has met the high standards set by AZA. When you purchase a ticket or make a donation, it helps fund our programs (inlcuding our conservation activities) and exhibits. We want to thank you for your part in the Buffalo Zoo’s continued success as well as the success of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

mom-daughter02We know people are increasingly interested in animal welfare and in connecting young people with nature. These issues are at the heart of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. AZA is an international organization that sets high standards for zoos and aquariums.

Looking for the AZA accreditation seal is the simplest way to be sure you’re not just being entertained, but you’re patronizing a facility where high quality animal care is paramount and conservation education programs are based on solid science.

AZA-research02With more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation. Each year, AZA member institutions participate in about two thousand conservation projects in about 100 countries and invest tens of millions of dollars in programs to help wildlife.

In addition, every year staff at these institutions contribute to our understanding of wildlife biology and conservation by publishing hundreds of books, book chapters, journal articles, conference proceedings papers, posters, theses or dissertations.

AZA-DC02AZA also works cooperatively with the U.S. Congress, federal and state government agencies, and international conservation organizations on legislative and regulatory matters pertaining to animal welfare, wildlife conservation field programs, conservation research/education initiatives, and the public display of wildlife, including animal care and husbandry, transport and breeding.

AZA participates in a number of international treaties and conventions impacting wildlife, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the International Whaling Commission, and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

For more information on any of these efforts, visit www.aza.org.

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