WAZA Welcomes New Member – The Wilds

Posted: 17 April 2024

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is pleased to welcome a new Institution Member to the global zoo and aquarium community – The Wilds.

The Wilds, spanning nearly 10,000 acres, stands as one of North America’s premier conservation centres. Housing a diverse array of rare and endangered species alongside indigenous wildlife, its mission is to make a positive impact on people, wildlife, and wild places.

WAZA CEO Martín Zordan said, ‘WAZA is very proud to welcome The Wilds as a new institution member. I am certain that their technical expertise and knowledge will provide our members with several opportunities to collaborate with them, especially when it comes to working together to address global challenges such as habitat restoration and human-wildlife coexistence.’

Through proactive assessment tools and continual evaluation, The Wilds ensures the thriving wellbeing of every animal in its care as part of its comprehensive wellbeing programme. Collaborating with various stakeholders, from government agencies to local communities, The Wilds actively participates in species recovery efforts and habitat restoration projects, both locally and internationally.

“We are proud to join WAZA as an Institution Member, underscoring our commitment to advancing conservation, science, and education. This year, The Wilds is also celebrating 30 years of welcoming guests who have been a part of our journey in becoming a travel destination renowned for contributing to conservation efforts on a global scale. The connections we share with guests and our partners have helped drive our work over the years, and we recognise the vital significance of forging partnerships across the globe to grow our impact in protecting the future of wildlife. Through these international collaborations, we are committed to leading and actively engaging in initiatives that unite experts to address wildlife challenges and develop inclusive strategies that benefit wildlife as well as communities locally and around the world,” said Tom Schmid, President and CEO of The Wilds and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

In addition to its conservation efforts, The Wilds engages visitors of all ages through educational programmes and initiatives, encouraging a culture of conservation and environmental stewardship. From youth camps to adult volunteer programmes, The Wilds fosters a community committed to saving wildlife and preserving habitats for generations to come.

The Wilds is also a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and certified by American Humane.

More information about The Wilds may be found on their website.

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