All posts by zoos

Conservation Takes Flight

Going back at least a century to the decline of the American bison, zoos and aquariums have played a critical role in the fight to bring animal species back from the brink of extinction. Because our planet’s fragile ecosystems face new threats each day, this work is more important than ever. Let’s take a look… Read More


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… Read More


Spooky Species That Help Our Ecosystem

Bothered by bats? Spooked by spiders?  Don’t be! Let’s take advantage of the Halloween season to dispel misconceptions about some of the world’s “creepiest” animals! Often disregarded as “flying rodents,” bats make up a distinct group of mammals known as chiropterans. They are surprisingly diverse, accounting for about 25% percent of all known mammal species.… Read More


See-Food Differently: Take A Stand For Sustainability

It’s easy to choose sustainable seafood when dining, or shopping, thanks to Seafood Watch. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s program offers free smartphone apps, and downloadable guides, so you can help protect our oceans. The information displayed is divided into three categories- best choices, good alternatives and seafood to avoid. You can make a difference. Please visit… Read More


On International Tiger Day, Help Raise Awareness for Tiger Conservation

About 100,000 wild tigers roamed across Asia in 1900. Today, tigers are an endangered species, with a wild population that is likely under 3,500. The biggest threats to their survival are poaching, habitat loss, prey depletion, human-tiger conflict, and disease. The Tiger Conservation Campaign, coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Tiger Species… Read More


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,… Read More


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… Read More


Happy 4th of July!

Happy Birthday, America! To celebrate, take a look at these photos of some quintessential American species from Tracy Aviary, Zoo America, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. This is Amelia – named after American airborne heroine and role-model Amelia Earhart. She is a juvenile bald eagle female who hatched in 2011.… Read More