(Photo: Woodland Park Zoo's website)

(Photo: Woodland Park Zoo’s website)

Meet Turtle 23

Western pond turtles are vulnerable to extinction, and are one of the first species that AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction will focus on. Read the story of turtle number 23, a hatchling raised at the Woodland Park Zoo as part of their effort to reintroduce Western pond turtles to the wild and help build a sustainable population.


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AZAAhpThe 229 zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums have launched a bold new effort focused on saving species from extinction. SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction will harness our collective resources, focus on specific endangered species, and work to restore healthy populations in the wild. We need your help! Join us 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…

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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…