Apple Valley, MINN – September 22, 2015-The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has announced that the Minnesota Zoo has been recognized with Significant Achievement for the 2015 Edward H. Bean Award for its tiger program.
“This award, which highlights the important work aquariums and zoos are doing to help save species in their own communities as well as in the wild, provides well-deserved national recognition for the leadership of the Minnesota Zoo team in conservation science,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy.
The Edward H. Bean Award is a historic award within AZA, established in September 1956 honoring the first director of Chicago's Brookfield Zoo and one of the founders of AZA. The Edward H. Bean Award recognizes propagation or management programs that contribute to the reproductive success of one or more species and/or subspecies.
“If there is one animal most closely associated with our Zoo, it is the tiger,” says Minnesota Zoo Interim Director and President Kevin Willis. “Generations of Minnesotans have had the opportunity to see and experience Amur tigers thanks to the Zoo’s long-term commitment to the species. From our large, immersive habitats to our well-publicized management, breeding and conservation efforts, the Zoo’s efforts to champion the critical needs of this majestic animal are effectively educating and inspiring our guests to action.”
Continues Willis: “Within the accredited Zoo community, the Tiger Species Survival Plan and its Tiger Conservation Campaign are models for the continued growth and impact of effective breeding, management and conservation programs. These programs successfully merge the dual needs for internal management of the highest standards and external efforts to address the critical issues facing tigers in the wild.”
Collaborative partners on the program include: IUCN/SSC’s Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.
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