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(Photo: Busch Gardens Tampa)

(Photo: Busch Gardens Tampa)

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 the zoo staff as they continue to get stronger and explore their new habitat. Read More


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…

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.…

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…

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,…

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…

Play TailsUp!

Play TailsUp! Guess who this is? Download our free TailsUp! app and play with your friends. 100% of AZA’s proceeds from in-app purchases supports conservation work.

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…

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…

Act Fast! December 4th Is International Cheetah Day

On December 4, zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will join the  Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in marking the annual observance of International Cheetah Day. By encouraging all wildlife fans to participate in cheetah-centric activities, AZA and CCF hope to inspire more humans to get involved in the long-term fight to…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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,…

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.…

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…

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:        

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…

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…