Meet the Colony

(Photo: California Academy of Science's website)

(Photo: California Academy of Science’s website)

“It may be the waddling. Or their sophisticated tuxedos. Or perhaps it’s the fact that they are highly social and form long-term bonds. Whatever the reason, penguins have a knack for capturing our hearts. The Academy’s colony of African penguins does just that, while helping educate thousands of visitors a day about their fascinating biology and plight in the wild.” Read more

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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!

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The San Diego Zoo Shares Their Best Vine Videos

Our friends at The San Diego Zoo have a stockpile of adorable Vine videos and lucky for you, they decided to share the best of them! Cat got its tongue. Meet Paloma, the 6-month-old two-toed sloth. Her favorite treat is hibiscus flowers.  When Ruuxa the cheetah cub met his puppy pal, Raina the Rhodesian ridgeback…

(Photo: Lee Richardson Zoo's blog)

A Critical New Addition to the Lee Richardson Zoo

Lee Richardson Zoo welcomed their first baby of 2015 on January 5: a healthy, fourteen-pound female addax calf. The addax is a large antelope native to the Sahara Desert and is well adapted to the harsh desert climate. They survive on sparse vegetation and can go weeks to months without drinking water. The addax is…

(Photo: San Diego Zoo's blog)

Animals That Were Made For the Cold

Mother Nature has some pretty clever ways of keeping animals warm and cozy in freezing temperatures. Our friends at the San Diego Zoo took a look at the adaptations that help takins, polar bears, sea lions, and many others thrive in frigid weather: “Takins have some pretty cool adaptations that help them stay warm and…

Bison (photo: The Bronx Zoo's Facebook page)

Celebrate National Bison Day!

There are no two ways about it: the bison is an American icon. This thunderous behemoth of the western plains has inspired countless generations of artists, writers, conservationists, and policymakers to share and preserve the beauty of wild North America. Just over a century ago, bison populations teetered at the brink of extinction. They were…

(Photo: Phoenix Zoo's Facebook page)

Phoenix Zoo Welcomes Threatened Gartersnakes

The Phoenix Zoo welcomed 18 narrow-headed gartersnakes on July 2, 2014 – the first of their species ever born at the zoo and the result of five years of breeding attempts. The births come at a critical time: just five days later, the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the species, native to Arizona and New Mexico,…

carpenter-frog (Photo: Dick Bartlett)

Volunteers Nationwide Get Involved with FrogWatch USA

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…

(photo: Buffalo Zoo)

Rhino Conceived by Artificial Insemination Born at Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo welcomed a female Indian Rhino calf, named Monica, on June 5. She was conceived through artificial insemination with the help of The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). The baby rhino, weighing in at 144 pounds, is the first offspring for a male rhino who…

(Photo: Sacramento Zoo)

Happy Father’s Day!

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…

Photo: Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo

Rare Pheasant Hatches at Woodland Park Zoo

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…

(Photo: Saint Louis Zoo)

Save a Zebra!

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…