CHATTANOOGA, TN – Aug. 12, 2019 – Dan Ashe, the president and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums visited the Tennessee Aquarium recently in recognition of more than 25 years of continuously meeting the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ expectations for excellence.
There are 236 zoos and aquariums internationally that have been accredited by the AZA. Each organization undergoes a lengthy inspection by a team of experts to ensure it meets standards across a range of criteria, including veterinary resources, participation in conservation and research, education programming, safety, security, staffing, guest service and the quality of facilities.
The Tennessee Aquarium underwent this multi-day inspection in December 2018. In their inspection report, the visiting committee delivered high praise to the aquarium for “enthusiasm and dedication amongst the staff,” “commitment to … local conservation efforts” and “significant [contribution to] economic development in Chattanooga.”
Facilities are re-evaluated and re-accredited every five years. This latest renewal marks a significant achievement and an important reflection of the aquarium’s commitment to excellence in animal care.
Before taking over as head of the AZA in 2017, Ashe was director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition to touring both aquarium buildings, Ashe toured the aquarium’s freshwater science center and met with the staff of the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute.
For more information, visit www.aza.org/becoming-accredited.
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