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Announcing Appointment of WAZA Communications Positions

Announcing Appointment of WAZA Communications Positions Posted: 24 May 2022 WAZA is happy to announce the appointment of a new Communications team. Please join us in welcoming Ms Tania Kahlon as WAZA Communications Coordinator, and Mr Adrián Lizanda Herrera as WAZA Communications Assistant. Here are some

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WAZA Welcomes New Member – Hamilton Zoo

WAZA Welcomes New Member – Hamilton Zoo Posted: 9 May 2022 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is delighted to welcome a new Institutional Member to the global zoo and aquarium community – the Hamilton Zoo. Located in the city

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WAZA Statement on Ukraine

WAZA Statement on Ukraine Posted: 9 March 2022 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) stands with the people and zoos of Ukraine and strongly condemns this senseless war. Our hearts go out to the many people and animals affected by

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WAZA Welcomes New Member – BoldMove Nation

WAZA Welcomes New Member – BoldMove Nation Posted: 16 February 2022 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to welcome BoldMove Nation as a new corporate member. Founded early 2021 and based in Brussels, Belgium, BoldMove Nation’s mission is

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In Memory of Dr William G. Conway

In Memory of Dr William G. Conway (20 November 1929 – 21 October 2021) Posted: 25 October 2021 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr William (Bill) Conway. A well-known and respected

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WAZA Welcomes New Member – Zoo Advisors

WAZA Welcomes New Member – Zoo Advisors Posted: 15 September 2021 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is delighted to have broadened its global membership base by welcoming business management consulting and leadership advisory firm, Zoo Advisors as a new

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WAZA Welcomes New Member – Atlantis, Dubai

WAZA Welcomes New Member – Atlantis, Dubai Posted: 30 August 2021 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to welcome Atlantis, Dubai as a new Institutional member, to the global zoo and aquarium community. Atlantis, Dubai is located on

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WAZA and IZE Formalise Long-standing Partnership

WAZA and IZE Formalise Long-standing Partnership Posted: 22 July 2021 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the International Zoo Educators Association (IZE) have formalised their long-standing cooperation with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The two organisations will jointly strengthen

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WAZA Welcomes New Member – Assiniboine Park Zoo

WAZA Welcomes New Member – Assiniboine Park Zoo Posted: 20 May 2021 The Assiniboine Park Zoo, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was founded in 1904 and is the oldest zoological facility in Canada. In 2009, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy unveiled a visionary redevelopment

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WAZA Launches Sustainable Palm Oil Website

WAZA Launches Sustainable Palm Oil Website Posted: 28 April 2021 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to announce the launch of the website: Sustainable Palm Oil Resources for Zoos and Aquariums. www.wazapalmoil.org In October 2018, at the 73rd

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WAZA Welcomes First New Member of 2021

WAZA Welcomes First New Member of 2021 Posted: 17 March 2021 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is delighted to welcome its first new member of 2021, the Greater Vancouver Zoo. The Zoo joined as a new Institutional Member in

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WAZA Officially Endorses IUCN Presidential Candidate

WAZA Officially Endorses IUCN Presidential Candidate  Posted: 11 March 2021 Humanity is at a crucial crossroads. Though there has been some positive progress in biodiversity conservation in some areas, the natural world is still largely under threat. Much more needs to be

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WAZA Welcomes New Corporate Member

WAZA Welcomes New Corporate Member Posted: 10 December 2020 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to welcome a new corporate member to its global membership base. Immotion Group plc, with offices based in the United Kingdom and the

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WAZA Award Winners 2020

Announcing the Winners of the 2020 WAZA Awards Posted: 16 October 2020 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 WAZA Awards. The awards were presented at the 75th WAZA Annual Conference, which

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WAZA Statement on France Cetacean Legislation

WAZA Statement on France’s Proposed Cetacean Ban Posted: 8 October 2020 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) urges the French government not to vote into law a proposal which seeks to ban the breeding and keeping of cetaceans in French

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75th WAZA Virtual Annual Conference Keynote Speakers

75th WAZA Virtual Annual Conference Keynote Speakers Posted: 2 October 2020 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for the upcoming 75th WAZA Virtual Annual Conference. Sahil Merchant, partner at McKinsey & Company, will

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WAZA Welcomes New Members

WAZA Welcomes New Members The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to have recently welcomed two new members to the global zoo and aquarium community. L’ Aquàrium de Barcelona, Spain, and Toyohashi Zoo and Botanical Park, Japan, both joined

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WAZA Welcomes New Corporate Member

WAZA Welcomes New Corporate Member The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to welcome its newest member to the global WAZA community. Hanart Culture LLC joined WAZA this month as a corporate member.  Hanart Culture produces and manages live

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Statement in Support of BIAZA

Statement in Support of BIAZA The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) supports the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (BIAZA) extensive efforts to secure early flexibility for BIAZA member zoos and aquariums to open in the UK, many

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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.  Reopening

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WAZA COVID-19 Reopening Recommendations

WAZA COVID-19 Reopening Recommendations Updated: 05/06/2020 The following recommendations are a compilation of reopening recommendations made by different WAZA recognised national and regional associations. Considering the diversity of territories and respective legislation under which WAZA member zoos and aquariums operate, these guidelines

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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 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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