Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and Houston Zoo Kick-Off 86th Annual AZA Conference
Focus on Major Role of Zoos and Aquariums in Wildlife Conservation
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Houston Zoo will kick-off the 86th Annual AZA Conference on September 11 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
“The Houston Zoo is rolling out the red carpet for nearly 2,000 zoo and aquarium professionals from across the globe,” said AZA President and CEO, Jim Maddy. “The leadership and staff of the Houston Zoo not only run a first-class zoo but are truly leaders in conservation.”
“We’re honored and very excited that the Houston Zoo is the host institution for the AZA Annual Conference,” said Houston Zoo President and CEO, Deborah Cannon. “The opportunity to showcase our hometown, all the new additions and improvements to the Zoo, and our extensive regional and international conservation programs to professional colleagues is a real honor for the Houston Zoo and our hard-working staff,” added Cannon.
The keynote speaker for the conference will be Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and How the Mighty Fall. His message on achieving greatness in local communities and globally in wildlife conservation will set the tone for the week's events.
The conference will feature 70 program sessions- everything from Climate Change Exhibits to Connecting Kids to Nature to Amphibian Conservation. In addition, zoo and aquarium professionals will hold 90 committee and conservation program meetings, sharing best practices and demonstrating close collaboration as accredited zoos and aquariums work to advance animal welfare and conserve imperiled species.
The Houston Zoo is an exciting live animal adventure that provides a unique educational and conservation resource serving 1.7 million guests annually. Set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape, the Zoo is home to more than 4,500 exotic animals representing more than 800 species. Operated by the not-for-profit Houston Zoo, Inc., the Houston Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species, the provision of engaging educational opportunities and the creation of stimulating exhibits that broaden the experiences of our guests and encourage their curiosity.
The Houston Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Founded in 1924 AZA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA 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 global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.
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