Global Initiative – Headquarters in Maryland, United States
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a global initiative working with zoos and aquariums all over the world to save animals from extinction. AZA has multiple conservation initiatives in place that focus on preserving threatened species, as well as the natural habitats they live in. They conduct an abundance of research to use not just for these conservation practices, but to educate the public as well on the importance of preserving declining species.
Why do they need our support?
Many of the species the Association of Zoos and Aquariums works to protect are at risk of extinction; they have been declining in numbers for the last few decades. These diverse species are threatened by many of the same things: habitat loss due to human expansion and resource farming, human and animal conflict, and the illegal pet trade.
How is the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo helping?
As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo partners with zoos across the country to save animals from extinction. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo provides financial support to the AZA’s Conservation Endowment Fund as well as funding for projects of the Tiger Species Survival Plan.