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Reindeer Facts

The reindeer is a spectacular animal. Here are a few fun-facts from the San Diego Zoo about this caribou: Reindeer have the largest and heaviest antlers of all living deer species. Females can weigh up to 300 pounds. Males can get over 500 pounds. When reindeer walk, their hooves make a loud clicking noise due… Read More

Get To Know the Sea Cow

November is #ManateeAwarenessMonth. Manatees, despite their massive bulk, are graceful swimmers. They are also known as sea cows. There are three species of manatee, distinguished primarily where they live. They live along the North American east coast from Florida to Brazil. Other species inhabit the Amazon River and the west coast and rivers of Africa.… Read More

Help AZA #CarryLight for Conservation

How do AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums #CarryLight? Saving animals in the wild. Spent a combined $186 million on field conservation in 2015. Working to ensure endangered species will be here for future generations. YOU can help #CarryLight for endangered species by purchasing an ALEX AND ANI #CarryLight charm. 10% of your purchase supports our efforts to continue… Read More

Confronting the Extinction Crisis

According to many scientists, we are entering what is being called the “sixth extinction period” in world history. This mass extinction is happening every day, in all parts of the world, and the sad part is that humans are responsible for much of the crisis through activities such as deforestation and destruction of natural habitats,… Read More

AZA-Accredited Facilities Show Their Stripes On Tiger Conservation

It’s estimated that only about 3200 tigers remain in the wild. Three subspecies have gone extinct, and the other six are all endangered, many of them critically. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are teaming up to help secure a future for those remaining tigers in the wild, as well as ensure a healthy, genetically diverse zoo… Read More

AZA- Accredited Zoos & Aquariums Work Together To Save Sharks

The world’s shark populations are being depleted faster than they can reproduce. Hundreds of millions are killed annually for their fins and other products. Many more millions are discarded as by-catch. Sharks are vitally important apex predators, and their loss endangers the health of marine ecosystems worldwide. Of the roughly 500 known species of sharks worldwide,… Read More

Mama? Is That You?

You might expect that raising whooping crane chicks for eventual reintroduction to the wild requires special care. But you might not expect it to involve costumes. The whooping crane came close to going extinct in the 20th century; the population is thought to have been down to only around 20 individuals. Organizations like the AZA-accredited… Read More

Number 23: An Underdog Story

Meet turtle 23, a Western pond turtle hatched at the Woodland Park Zoo in 2013. The Western pond turtle, one of the first ten species selected for AZA SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction, is vulnerable due to habitat loss, predation, and disease. A number of institutions in its native Washington, Oregon, and California are working… Read More