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  1. snowleopard

    snowleopard Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I just spent a couple of hours reviewing the current list of AZA-accredited facilities on the AZA website. Over the past few years several facilities in the U.S. have lost or chosen not to renew their accreditation (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Binghamton Zoo, Montgomery Zoo, Zoo Montana, etc.) while others have joined AZA (Sea Life Kansas City, Sea Life Grapevine, Butterfly Pavilion in Colorado, Discovery Cove in Florida, etc.). There are even 14 overseas facilities listed as being AZA-accredited:

    Argentina (1) - Fundacion Temaiken
    Bahamas (1) - Atlantis: Paradise Island
    Bermuda (1) - Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo
    Canada (5) - Biodome de Montreal, Calgary Zoo, Assiniboine Park Zoo, Vancouver Aquarium, Zoo de Granby
    Hong Kong (1) - Ocean Park Corporation
    Mexico (3) - Africam Safari Park, Leon Zoo, Veracruz Aquarium
    Singapore (2) - Dolphin Island, S.E.A. Aquarium

    Looking exclusively at the United States there are exactly 215 AZA-accredited establishments. By the first week of August I'll have visited 166 of them in my lifetime, thus almost hitting the 80% mark. For anyone wishing to tour every single AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium in America it is actually a tricky proposition as while some places that I've been to are now no longer accredited, the Sea Life franchises seem to be heading in the direction of accreditation and there are 8 of them across the nation...and that number will continue to grow. Every time I go on a cross-country road trip another Sea Life will open! Interestingly enough there are 700 zoos in America (including everything from drive-thru safaris to reptile zoos to insectariums) and if 215 are AZA-accredited then approximately 30% of all U.S. zoos have achieved that status.

    An updated state-by-state list (my visits are in bold):

    Alabama (1/1) - Birmingham Zoo

    Alaska (0/1) - Alaska SeaLife Center

    Arizona (3/3) - Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Phoenix Zoo, Reid Park Zoo

    Arkansas (1/1) - Little Rock Zoo

    California (20/23) - Aquarium of the Bay, Aquarium of the Pacific, Birch Aquarium, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, California Science Center, Charles Paddock Zoo, CuriOdyssey, Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Happy Hollow Zoo, The Living Desert, Los Angeles Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Oakland Zoo, Sacramento Zoo, Safari West Wildlife Preserve, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Francisco Zoo, Santa Ana Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, Sequoia Park Zoo, Steinhart Aquarium

    Colorado (4/5) – Butterfly Pavilion, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Denver Zoo, Landry’s Downtown Aquarium - Denver, Pueblo Zoo

    Connecticut (3/3) - Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Maritime Aquarium, Mystic Aquarium

    District of Columbia (1/1) - Smithsonian National Zoo

    Delaware (0/1) - Brandywine Zoo

    Florida (10/17) - Brevard Zoo, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Central Florida Zoo, Discovery Cove, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Jacksonville Zoo, Lion Country Safari, Mote Marine Aquarium, Naples Zoo, Palm Beach Zoo, Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, SeaWorld Orlando, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, The Florida Aquarium, The Seas, Zoo Miami

    Georgia (2/3) - Chehaw Wild Animal Park, Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta

    Hawaii (0/1) - Honolulu Zoo

    Idaho (2/2) - Tautphaus Park Zoo, Zoo Boise

    Illinois (8/8) - Brookfield Zoo, Cosley Zoo, Henson Robinson Zoo, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Miller Park Zoo, Peoria Zoo, Scovill Zoo

    Indiana (4/4) - Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Indianapolis Zoo, Mesker Park Zoo, Potawatomi Zoo

    Iowa (2/2) - Blank Park Zoo, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

    Kansas (6/7) - Hutchinson Zoo, Lee Richardson Zoo, Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, Sedgwick County Zoo, Sunset Zoo, David Traylor Zoo, Topeka Zoo

    Kentucky (2/2) - Louisville Zoo, Newport Aquarium

    Louisiana (4/4) - Alexandria Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Zoo, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

    Maine - ZERO

    Maryland (2/3) - National Aquarium in Baltimore, Salisbury Zoo, Maryland Zoo

    Massachusetts (2/6) -Buttonwood Park Zoo, Capron Park Zoo, Franklin Park Zoo, Boston Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, Walter D. Stone Memorial Zoo

    Michigan (4/5) - Binder Park Zoo, Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Detroit Zoo, John Ball Zoo, Potter Park Zoo

    Minnesota (3/3) - Como Park Zoo, Lake Superior Zoo, Minnesota Zoo

    Mississippi (1/1) - Jackson Zoo

    Missouri (4/5) - Dickerson Park Zoo, Kansas City Zoo, Saint Louis Zoo, Sea Life Kansas City, Butterfly House

    Montana (1/1) - Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

    Nebraska (4/4) - Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, Riverside Discover Center

    Nevada (1/1) – Shark Reef Aquarium

    New Hampshire (0/1) - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

    New Jersey (2/5) - Adventure Aquarium, Bergen County Zoo, Cape May County Park Zoo, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Turtle Back Zoo

    New Mexico (3/3) - Alameda Park Zoo, Albuquerque Biological Park (Zoo & Aquarium), Living Desert Zoo

    New York (5/10) - Bronx Zoo, Buffalo Zoo, Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Seneca Park Zoo, Staten Island Zoo, Trevor Zoo

    North Carolina (4/6) - Natural Science Center & Animal Discovery of Greensboro, North Carolina at Fort Fisher, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, North Carolina Zoo, Western North Carolina Nature Center

    North Dakota (4/4) - Chahinkapa Zoo, Dakota Zoo, Red River Zoo, Roosevelt Park Zoo

    Ohio (5/8) - African Safari Wildlife Park, Akron Zoo, Cincinnati Zoo, Cleveland Zoo, Columbus Zoo, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, The Wilds, Toledo Zoo

    Oklahoma (2/2) - Oklahoma City Zoo, Tulsa Zoo

    Oregon (3/3) - Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon Zoo, Wildlife Safari

    Pennsylvania (3/8) - Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, Elmwood Park Zoo, Erie Zoo, Lehigh Valley Zoo, National Aviary, Philadelphia Zoo, Pittsburgh Zoo, ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park

    Rhode Island (1/1) - Roger Williams Park Zoo

    South Carolina (3/5) - Brookgreen Gardens, Greenville Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium at Myrtle Beach, Riverbanks Zoo, South Carolina Aquarium

    South Dakota (2/2) - Bramble Park Zoo, Great Plains Zoo

    Tennessee (5/6) - Chattanooga Zoo, Knoxville Zoo, Memphis Zoo, Nashville Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Tennessee Aquarium

    Texas (16/17) - Abilene Zoo, Caldwell Zoo, Cameron Park Zoo, Dallas Zoo, Dallas World Aquarium, El Paso Zoo, Ellen Trout Zoo, Fort Worth Zoo, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Gladys Porter Zoo, Houston Aquarium, Houston Zoo, Rainforest & Aquarium at Moody Gardens, San Antonio Zoo, Sea Life Grapevine, SeaWorld San Antonio, Texas State Aquarium

    Utah (2/2) - Tracy Aviary, Utah’s Hogle Zoo

    Vermont - ZERO

    Virginia (2/4) - Mill Mountain Zoo, Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Living Museum, Virginia Zoo

    Washington (4/4) - Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Point Defiance Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo

    West Virginia (0/1) - Oglebay’s Good Zoo

    Wisconsin (5/5) - Henry Vilas Zoo, International Crane Foundation, Milwaukee County Zoo, Northeastern Wisconsin (NEW) Zoo, Racine Zoo

    Wyoming - ZERO

    AZA-accredited U.S. facilities – 215 (I’ve visited 166 AZA-accredited establishments amongst my lifetime total of 300 zoos)
     
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  2. ZooElephantsMan

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    The Buttonwood park zoo, Museum of Science, and Walter D. Stone Memorial Zoo are all AZA accredited zoos in massachusetts which you did not embolden.
     
  3. snowleopard

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    You read the entire thing wrong. There are 700 zoos in the United States and I only listed the 215 that are AZA-accredited. EVERY zoo on the list is accredited and the ones in bold are the facilities that I have visited.
     
  4. ZooElephantsMan

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    oh I apologize
     
  5. Shellheart

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    Hmm, that's interesting, I wonder why SeaWorld San Diego is the only AZA accredited SeaWorld park.
     
  6. TZFan

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    Corrections to your Canadian zoos list.

    Toronto still hasn't reapplied for membership after the elephant mess got the zoo stripped of membership. It was not a facility, care or financial issue at play it was 100% management and leadership that caused the zoo to lose membership. Curse the city. They are working towards reapplying but likely not until sometime in 2016. The zoo is working on getting all the things done they will need to get done to be in a good position to regain membership. Many of the areas of concern in the last AZA inspection have been dealt with or are in the process of being dealt with. The remainder will be addressed in the master plan currently being developed. The biggest stumbling block may be the zoos relationship with the city of Toronto. If they can get an agreement with the city to have total control of all animal welfare decisions they will be able to rejoin the AZA with little problem.

    Assiniboine Park and Zoo in Winnipeg somewhat recently received membership and will have it through Sep 2019

    Also all three Sea Worlds are accredited Shellheart. The list is so long you probably just skimmed by them.
     
  7. snowleopard

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    They are all there. Just read carefully. :)
     
  8. Shellheart

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    I see the mistake I made. I took bold as accredited and normal text as unaccredited, but I'm guessing it actually stands for facilities you have or haven't visited? But this makes much more sense, I totally thought there was some error.
     
  9. Coelacanth18

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    Slightly off-topic, but when a zoo loses its accreditation, how likely is it that accredited zoos who loaned them animals will demand those animals back? I know that they can, but I also know that at least sometimes they choose not to.

    Also, if nobody demands that the non-accredited zoo send back an SSP animal, can the zoo still participate in that breeding program?
     
  10. ZooElephantsMan

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    It depends greatly on the size of the zoo. Large zoos, like the toronto zoo, lose none of their SSP animals when unaccredited. Smaller, lesser know zoos, around the size of 20 acres and less, would lose all their SSP animals.
     
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    Zoos like Toronto can continue to participate in SSP programs if they apply to do so as non accredited members. It is totally possible the other zoos could ask for their animals back but the zoo hasn't lost an animal because of it yet. But on the other hand it has proven a little difficult for the zoo to send out young animals and even harder to bring in new animals. Toronto had been waiting nearly 3 years for a new male giraffe before Kiko arrived from Greenville two weeks ago. At least two other males had been recommended but their home zoos rejected the move due to the zoo's lack of accreditation. While the SSP might be happy making a recommendation for animals to go to non AZA zoos, the owner zoos have their own policies which may forbid sending animals away to a non accredited facility.

    That being said Toronto may be a bit of an exception to the rules. The AZA did not revoke membership because the zoo was on shaky financial ground (don't want the animals to lack care), poorly maintained facilities (safety risk for guests, staff and animals) or poor care. Toronto has always easily passed inspection. If it hadn't been for city councilors sticking their big fat noses into the transfer of the elephants, overruling the keepers decision to send them to an AZA facility instead a sanctuary, Toronto would still be accredited. However they did and the AZA was forced to pull membership because staff clearly weren't in charge of animal welfare decisions. As soon as this issue is cleared up I dont think there is anyone in the AZA that has any doubt the zoo will regain membership. It's probably why other zoos are still willing to leave their animals here or to send some up.
     
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    Totally agree with you. And to think I used to like Toronto. Bad Karma for them. I could go on and on but I don't want to make you think even more of that disgrace and ruin your day. Props to the AZA for telling the city they can't pull this nonsense and expect to be accredited.
     
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    This may have been mentioned before, so sorry if it's a repeat. Every time accreditation comes up, the threat of animals being pulled from a zoo that may lose its accreditation is brought up. I've personally never heard any example of a zoo requesting their animals back. Does anybody have any concrete examples of this happening??? To me, it seems most zoos wouldn't request their animals back. They then would have to coordinate transportation with a zoo who might not be too happy with them at that point and also figure a new location for that animal whether it be at their own location or a new facility. Just makes me laugh every time I hear "the zoo may lose their animals".
     
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    http://http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/after-loss-of-accreditation-zoomontana-making-gains-on-financial-front/article_0569d886-dce4-11e2-a937-001a4bcf887a.html

    Quote from this article about ZooMontana in Billings:
    Ironically, those two Siberian tigers were sent to the Binghamton Zoo, which just lost its accreditation last year. A stroke of bad luck, I suppose!
     
  15. TZFan

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    I can think of an example of an AZA facility asking for an animal back. Sea World fought a legal battle with Marineland, Niagara Falls to get their killer whale Ike back. However this isn't quite the same thing because Marineland was never accredited so it related to AZA status. It was more of a welfare concern and a well founded one at that.
     
  16. Pleistohorse

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    Yep I was going to refer to Montana as well. The Alaska Zoo is not AZA accredited...but does exhibit Amur Tigers and Snow Leopards (just one currently) from AZA collections. The Alaska Zoo is also the source of several "rescue" animals that populate zoos (AZA and otherwise) outside of Alaska.