SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Diego, SeaWorld San Antonio and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are delighted to have been rewarded for their 25 years of accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) with a Quarter Century Award.
The newly established award recognises SeaWorld’s consistent meeting of AZA standards for 25 years. The AZA accreditation is granted on the condition of rising standards in the below categories:
- Animal Care
- Veterinary Programmes
The AZA is the accrediting body for zoos and aquariums in the United States and seven other countries.
“AZA is dedicated to ensuring that the highest standards in the zoological profession are met, and this means that the accreditation process is therefore quite rigorous,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy.
The SeaWorld ethos of conservation and rescue remains at the heart of all activity. This year, SeaWorld achieved the milestone of 27,000 rescued animals over the last fifty years, always with the aim of rehabilitating and returning all animals to the wild where possible.
Since its conception the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund (SWBGCF) has awarded over $11m in grant funding to over 800 organisations across the globe.