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Find Zen in your Zebra Pen
Zebra Pen has partnered with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to assist in their conservation efforts. We are committing to helping future generations of all endangered species – not just zebras! We encourage you to help us as we continue to support AZA SAFE through donating and exploring educational activities from AZA member facilities.
AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction
AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction focuses its efforts on helping save species that are most vulnerable to extinction. SAFE focuses the collective expertise within AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and leverages their massive audiences to save species. Visit aza.org/safe-species for more information.
Meet the AZA SAFE Species
African White-Backed Vulture
America Red Wolf
Andean Highland Flamingo
Atlantic Acropora Coral
Eastern Indigo Snake
North American Songbird
Shark and Ray
Western Pond Turtle
About the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
AZA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for more than 230 facilities in the United States and overseas, which collectively draw more than 200 million visitors every year. In addition, they dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars annually to support scientific research, conservation, and education programs.
AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and 12 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.
Less than 10 percent of the 2,800 wildlife exhibitors licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture under the Animal Welfare Act meet the more comprehensive standards of AZA accreditation. The highly trained professionals at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums provide excellent care for more than 800,000 animals, making them the leading experts in animal care and welfare.
As centers for conservation, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums provide the public with essential connections to the natural world. More than 50 million visitors to AZA-accredited facilities are children, making these facilities essential to science and environmental education. AZA-accredited facilities train 40,000 teachers every year, supporting state science curricula with teaching materials and hands-on opportunities for students who might otherwise have no first-hand experience with wildlife.
Conservation is a priority for AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and a key part of their mission to help save species. Through AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction, AZA members help threatened species by building on recovery plans and prioritizing strategic, collaborative effort. In 2019, AZA members spent $231.5 million on projects directly impacting wild animals and wild places, benefiting nearly 1000 species in almost 130 countries.
AZA SAFE Granting Program
The AZA SAFE Granting program is a continually growing program that allows partners to propose a SAFE species and then create a plan to assist in their conservation.
Whether they have stripes, spots, specks, flecks, scales, blotches or rings, help support wildlife species from extinction and protect them for future generations.
One of the best ways to learn is through doing activities that will help further your knowledge about zoos, aquariums, and different animal species while also having fun. All of these games and activities have been gathered from AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums websites. Have Fun!