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ZOO MIAMI Earns the Gold Standard of Accreditation by AZA

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Rob Vernon, AZA, rvernon@aza.org
Ron Magill, Zoo Communications Director, ron.magill@miamidade.gov

Silver Spring, Maryland (April 16, 2020) – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has announced that ZOO MIAMI was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.

“ZOO MIAMI is among the outstanding aquariums and zoos that have met or exceeded our rigorous accreditation standards,” said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe. “The people who live in South Florida can be assured ZOO MIAMI is providing the highest-quality animal care and welfare and is contributing to initiatives that save animals from extinction.”

To be accredited, ZOO MIAMI underwent a thorough review to make certain it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards in categories which include animal care and welfare, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the Association. 

The accreditation process includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals. The inspecting team observes all aspects of the facility’s operation, including animal care and welfare; keeper training; safety for visitors, staff and animals; educational programs; conservation efforts; veterinary programs; financial stability; risk management; visitor services; and more. Finally, top officials are interviewed at a formal hearing of AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission, after which accreditation is granted, tabled, or denied.  Any facility that is denied may reapply one year after the Commission’s decision is made.

ZOO MIAMI has been an accredited AZA member since 1984. 

“We are extremely proud of our AZA accreditation.  It is an affirmation that Zoo Miami is achieving the highest standards in animal care and welfare while working to conserve our world’s wild animals and wild places and engaging the community through meaningful guest experiences.  Accreditation is not easy to achieve, and it is a testament to the dedication of our staff, volunteers and partners.” said Carol Kruse, Zoo Director.

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and 11 other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.

About Zoo Miami

As one of the world’s greatest zoos and a part of Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, Zoo Miami is home to more than 3,000 animals from all over the world. For additional information about Zoo Miami, including special events and activities for visitors and its ongoing commitment to wildlife conservation and science education, visit our website www.zoomiami.org.

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