(Photo Zoo America)

(Photo Zoo America)

Reindeer Facts

The reindeer is a spectacular animal. Click here to read some fun-facts from the San Diego Zoo about this caribou.


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…

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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,…

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Waddle This Way

Why are African penguins so cute? 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 with one another. But, did you know that they’re facing extinction? African penguins are listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. This penguin species faces…

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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,…

(Photo: Houston Zoo's Facebook page).

Celebrating Sea Turtles!

June 16th marks a very special day for some very special sea creatures—the sea turtle! There are 7 different subspecies of sea turtles, and the IUCN’s Red List notes each subspecies as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered. Their populations are rapidly declining, but zoos and aquariums are stepping in to lend a helping hand and…

(Photo: California Academy of Science website)

Meet the Colony

“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…

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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…

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Busch Gardens Welcomes Two New Cheetah Cubs

Two adorable new cheetah cubs were born on November 22, 2014 at Busch Gardens in Tampa. They are currently 3 months old and weigh in at a whopping 12 pounds. They were given names by the Busch Gardens animal care team: Tebdai, which means “thankful,” and Thabo, meaning “joy.” The cubs are under 24-hour care from…

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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…

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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…

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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…

(photo: Minnesota Zoo's Facebook page)

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…

(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,…

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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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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.…

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Cassowary Chicks Hatch at the Virginia Zoo

The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk welcomed three Southern cassowary chicks on Friday, June 20, 2014. This is the second clutch for parents Boris and Earline, who had a single male chick, Hallager, in June 2013. Boris, shown below with his new offspring, incubated the eggs and is raising the chicks; after laying the eggs, female…

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Video: Houston Zoo

Videos from the Houston Zoo: How a clouded leopard carves a pumpkin, cheetahs on the racetrack, zip-line treats for lions and more More from the Houston Zoo: Website: http://www.houstonzoo.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/houstonzoo Twitter: https://twitter.com/houstonzoo YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/houstonzoo

(photo:  The Bronx Zoo's Facebook page)

Celebrate World Giraffe Day!

What a coincidence: It seems fitting that World Giraffe Day is on the longest day of the year! Take a look at these adorable pictures from some AZA-accredited institutions:        

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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…