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  • May 03, 2021 8:33 AM | Anonymous

    Welcome to our new Conservation & Supporting Partner: Save Giraffes Now

  • April 07, 2021 7:40 PM | Anonymous

    ZAA is proud to support the Association of Minority Zoo & Aquarium Professionals as  our newest ZAA Conservation & Supporting Partner.

  • March 26, 2021 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    Did you know that your ZAA membership helps support conservation?  A percentage of individual and commercial membership dues is donated to ZAA supported conservation efforts!

    Check out our conservation grants for more details on this years sponsored programs.

  • March 25, 2021 6:02 PM | Anonymous

    ZAA is now accepting abstracts for the 2021 Annual Conference.

    Selected papers should focus on techniques, achievements, or innovative approach to animal care, husbandry, welfare, conservation, training, education, or research. Topics may also include business operations, including management, marketing, volunteer programming, emergency preparedness, etc.

    Deadline for submissions is July 8 with selected presenters being notified by August 8.

    Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words.  Click here to submit your abstract.

  • March 02, 2021 7:05 PM | Anonymous

    Vendor registration is open for the ZAA Annual Conference 2021

    Save the date for the ZAA Annual Conference 2021
    November 29 - December 2, 2021
    Fort Worth, Texas

     Sponsored by
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  • February 09, 2021 5:45 PM | Anonymous

    Announcing the 2020 ZAA Conservation Grant Recipients

    The Hall Family ZAA Wildlife Conservation Fund is pleased to support the conservation work of:

    Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery Project
    Panthera, Jaguar Corridor Initiative
    Southern Ground Hornbill Recovery Programme
    Okapi Conservation Project
    Sahara Conservation Fund

  • February 08, 2021 7:30 AM | Anonymous

    ZAA Journal, Winter 2020, Vol 14, Issue 4

    • The Peninsular Pronghorm Recovery Program: Saving the "Ghost of the Desert"
    • A Five-Year Snake Hibernation Study Yields Some Important Captive Management Insights
    • Zoological Disaster Response, Rescue, and Recovery (ZDR3)
    • Roadrunners and Visitors: Can We Create a Connection?
    • ZAA 2020 Award Winner

  • January 16, 2021 9:12 AM | Anonymous

    The ZAA Excellence in Breeding Award recognizes a truly momentous captive propagation achievement that enhances the conservation of the species, whether common or endangered, in captivity.  We are pleased to present the 2020 Excellence in breeding award to the Frank Buck Zoo for their breakthrough success with three-banded armadillos.  The staff designed a scoring guide for daily observations to track time between cycles and to indicate with the female was close to giving birth.  Seven additional offspring have been produced since the first birth in 2015.

    Award presentation:

  • January 15, 2021 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    The ZAA Animal Exhibit Award of Excellence recognizes excellence in the area of new and unique live animal display, exhibit design and construction. The Zoological Association of America’s 2020 Animal Exhibit Award of Excellence is being presented to the Frank Buck Zoo for upgrading and re-purposing their porcupine enclosure to provide a unique live animal display for black tailed prairie dogs.  The new exhibit includes keepers the ability to provide improved health care, training, and reproductive management; a  larger, more engaging footprint for the animals; and an exhibit length glass viewing window for the visitors.

    Award presentation:

  • January 14, 2021 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    The ZAA In-Situ Conservation Award recognizes significant contributions to enhancing the conservation of an animal species in nature.  It is with great honor that ZAA awards the 2020 In Situ award to the Dakota Zoo for their work with black-footed ferrets.

    Since 2013 the Dakota Zoo has assisted Prairie Wildlife Research and staff from the National Grasslands with spotlighting, capturing, vaccinating, microchipping, and rereleasing black-footed ferrets in the Conata Basin of South Dakota. In all they have committed $65,000 in labor, fuel and equipment expenses. A significant grant from Dakota Zoo funded the purchase of a “Laboratory on Wheels” that is used for field work with the ferrets. Dakota Zoo has set aside a portion of their paid admission and memberships towards their conservation fund and developed an interactive kiosk in their Discovery Center for visitors to understand how the conservation funds help wildlife. 

    Award presentation:

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