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  • 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

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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.

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  • 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. 

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  • January 13, 2021 1:20 PM | Anonymous

    The ZAA Educational Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding achievement and innovation in education program design and implementation. The Zoological Association of America’s 2020 Educational Award of Excellence is awarded to the Cougar Mountain Zoo for their outstanding achievement and innovation in education program design and implementation of the Zoo2U Education Series.  The Zoo2U debuted in March 2020, offering regularly scheduled educational videos and live streams on various wildlife and conservation topics free of charge via social media.   The Zoo2U programs created an outreach connection to a worldwide audience to view and engage in the challenges to wildlife species.

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  • January 12, 2021 8:50 AM | Anonymous

    The Ex Situ Conservation Award recognizes excellence in captive care, welfare and propagation of animal species in captivity, as a hedge against extinction. The Zoological Association of America is proud to present the 2020 Ex Situ Conservation Award to the San Antonio Zoo for their work with five species of endangered, critically endangered, and extinct in the wild Mexican freshwater fish. The five species are the Minckley’s Cichlid (Endangered), Tequila Splitfin (Endangered), San Marcos Redtail Splitfin (Critically Endangered), La Palma Pupfish (Extinct in the Wild), and Charco Palma Pupfish (Extinct in the wild).
         Director of Ectotherms San Antonio Zoo, Craig Pelke, said the award was received for the aquarium department’s work and success with the reproduction of fish species all of which range from a designation of endangered to extinct in the wild.
         “The goal of the program was to reproduce the species to maintain assurance populations,” said Pelke. “Two species are currently extinct in the wild, but there are potential plans to reestablish their numbers. The other three species have extremely limited ranges in single water bodies that are in peril.”
         President & CEO San Antonio Zoo, Tim Morrow praised the team’s diligence and dedication to the program through one of the most tumultuous years in recent history. While the coronavirus pandemic challenged zoo operations, the aquarium team stood fast and held to the zoo’s core mission, to secure a future for wildlife in Texas and abroad.
         “I am honored to have them representing our entire zoo crew,” said Morrow. “We live by the tenets to love, engage with, act for, and protect all forms of wildlife, and what our aquarium department accomplished this year is nothing less than spectacular. Through unprecedented hardship, they carried the torch of conservation high for all to see, lighting the way for others to follow.”
         Pelke echoed those sentiments and stated how proud he is of the team’s accomplishments. The zoo’s aquarium crew worked diligently to contribute to these conservation programs. While their success was apparent in the reproduction of the fish in this program, Pelke feels the award validates their hard work.
         “I am very proud of my staff and their accomplishments,” said Pelke. “I pass along my vision and direction for the department, and they carry out the mission and see it through. They are a very focused and solution-minded team, and success is obvious in their results.”

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