Silver Spring, Maryland (Tuesday, April 7, 2015) – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that Lubee Bat Conservancy was granted certification by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.
“It takes hard work and dedication to meet Association of Zoos and Aquariums Standards,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “By meeting the highest standards, Lubee Bat Conservancy has shown it is ranked among the best in the world.”
To be certified, Lubee Bat Conservancy underwent a thorough investigation to ensure it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards, which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoological facilities to successfully complete this rigorous review and inspection every five years in order to be members of the Association.
“As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Lubee Bat Conservancy is a true leader in wildlife conservation,” Maddy added.
The certification process includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals. The inspecting team observes all aspects of the institution’s operation in areas such as animal care; keeper training; safety for visitors, staff, and animals; conservation efforts; veterinary programs; financial stability; risk management; and other areas. Finally, top officials are interviewed at a formal Commission hearing, after which certification is granted, tabled, or denied. Any institution that is denied may reapply one year after the Commission’s decision is made.
Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and seven other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation 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 saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit http://www.aza.org.