CT’s Beardsley Zoo receives accreditation

Feb 12th, 2014 | By | Category: Business

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has announced that Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. Fewer than 10 percent of the approximately 2,800 animal exhibitors licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture are AZA-accredited. Currently, there are only 223 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.

“By meeting Association of Zoos and Aquariums Accreditation Standards, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo sets itself apart as one of the top zoos in the world,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a leader in the care and conservation of wildlife, and in educating people about the natural world.”

To be accredited, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo underwent a thorough review to ensure it has and will continue to meet rising standards, which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the Association.

As part of its mission, Connecticut’s only zoo is involved in groundbreaking animal conservation efforts. The Zoo is home to the first Brazilian ocelot ever to have multiple pregnancies and kittens produced by artificial insemination. Similarly, the Zoo is the first accredited zoo in the northeast to welcome a Chacoan peccary piglet and was the first accredited zoo in the northeast to exhibit this endangered species.

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