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WAZA Welcomes New Members

WAZA Welcomes New Members The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to have broadened its global membership base by recently welcoming five new members to the global zoo and aquarium community. Aquário Marinho do Rio de Janeiro was most

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WAZA Webinars COVID-19

WAZA Webinars — COVID19 WAZA is hosting regular webinars in light of COVID-19 to connect with WAZA members and provide resources in these challenging times. Below you will find links to the webinar recordings, as well a key takeaways and infographics.  Conservation

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WAZA Appoints CEO

WAZA Appoints CEO Date: 09/04/2020 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Martín Zordan as Chief Executive Officer. Martín Zordan, a veterinarian who graduated with the highest honours, has a diverse professional background

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WAZA Statement on Netflix’s Tiger King

WAZA Statement on Netflix’s Tiger King Date: 07/04/2020 The Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness has gripped viewers around the world. The seven-part true-crime documentary series brings to light the atrocious standards of “roadside zoos” and the problems with keeping

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Zoo and Aquarium Emergency Operating Funds

Zoo and Aquarium Emergency Operating Funds Date: 18/03/2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has fast become a global crisis with more than 173,000 confirmed cases as of 17 March. A number of WAZA members globally have had to temporarily close down to the public

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WAZA Supports Global Coalition for Biodiversity

WAZA Supports Global Coalition for Biodiversity Date: 03/03/2020 Global Coalition: United for Biodiversity. Image credit: Gatis Šļūka On 3 March 2020, World Wildlife Day, the European Commission launched a new global coalition for biodiversity in Monaco. The coalition calls on all world

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WAZA IUCN Partnership

WAZA IUCN Partnership Date: 2/01/2020 WAZA is pleased to have received a special recognition from the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN SSC) for supporting the commission in its mission for the 2017-2019 period.  WAZA’s support helped

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WAZA Welcomes New Members

WAZA Welcomes New Members Date: 14/06/2019 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is delighted to have recently welcomed five new members to its global membership-base. Zoo Knoxville in Tennessee, United States of America and the Saitama Children’s Zoo (Saitama Parks

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Announcing the New and Improved WAZA Website

Announcing the New and Improved WAZA Website Date: 11/04/2019 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has recently launched a new website that combines ease and efficiency with a clean, fresh look that emphasises the association’s commitment to conservation, animal welfare,

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WAZA’s Open Letter Regarding Barcelona City Council’s Zoo Decision

The Barcelona City Council on 14 February gave initial approval to an amendment that aims to severely regulate the Barcelona Zoo, reducing the institution down to 11 species and calling for the transfer or relocation of the nearly 2,000 animals that remain to sanctuaries or rescue centres. The amendment also requires Barcelona Zoo to resign from all national and international membership associations, including WAZA. Below is WAZA’s open letter:


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Joint Statement on Tiger Farms

On Global Tiger Day, we, the undersigned organizations affirm our commitment to the protection and preservation of wild tigers, are committed to working in collaboration with governments across the globe, and in particular tiger range countries, to assure a future for tigers in the wild.

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WAZA Statement on Recent Thomas Cook Decision

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) believes the Thomas Cook travel agency failed to consider the significant global conservation impact of SeaWorld and Loro Parque, as well as their continued dedication to high levels of welfare for animals in their care, when it announced this week that it would no longer include the marine parks in its travel packages.

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WAZA Executive Office Relocation

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) embarked on a new phase in its 83-year history this week with the relocation of the Executive Office to Barcelona, Spain. WAZA had been based in Gland, Switzerland, since 2010.

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WAZA Annual Conference Addresses Global Issues

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) stepped boldly into the international arena as it agreed to organise a Global Species Congress to address the conservation and extinction crises, committed to sustainable forestry guidelines, and voted to close one of Thailand’s most notorious zoos…

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WAZA Extends Sustainable Commitments Through Palm Oil Membership

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has become an official member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), emphasising its commitment to sustainable solutions that protect the environment. WAZA now has the ability to vote on behalf of the world’s leading zoos and aquariums on issues central to RSPO such as deforestation, conservation, fair labour practices, and transparency, among others.

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