POSTED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 10:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 10:34am
Baton Rouge, La — The Baton Rouge Zoo is excited to announce the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. This important accreditation places the Baton Rouge Zoo among the top 10 percent of zoos in the nation.
“Our accreditation is another indicator that we’re achieving our mission of connecting people with animals,” said Zoo Director Phil Frost. “This significant achievement comes after the AZA rigorously reviews all aspects of our Zoo, including animal care, conservation, education, safety, physical facilities, staff, finance and guest experience. We are honored to be recognized with this accreditation; our staff is very proud to be an AZA-accredited Zoo.”
Accreditation requires a thorough review to ensure the Zoo has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards, including animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education and safety. Zoos and aquariums must undergo this process every 5 years to remain accredited.
According to AZA, the Baton Rouge Zoo was first accredited in September 1977, the same year as the San Francisco Zoo and St. Louis Zoo, making Baton Rouge Zoo the 19th institution accredited by AZA. BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo was also the first zoo to be accredited in Louisiana. Other accredited zoos in the state include Audubon Zoo (accredited in 1981) and Alexandria Zoo (accredited in 1986). The USDA licenses more than 2,500 zoo and animal exhibitors. As of March 2012, there are only 225 AZA-accredited institutions, placing the Baton Rouge Zoo among the top 10 percent of zoos in the nation.
“When our guests visit the Baton Rouge Zoo, they are visiting a facility that meets the very highest standards of animal care,” added Frost. “As an AZA-accredited facility, our Zoo, and our community, can proudly say we are a part of America’s largest wildlife conservation movement. We know that when people have the opportunity to see animals up-close, they connect. It’s our Zoo’s hope that this connection inspires people to protect wildlife and wild places.”