Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Accredited By Association of Zoos & Aquariums

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Accredited By Association of Zoos & Aquariums

September 30, 2013 Updated Sep 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has met the highest standards in the zoo profession by being awarded Accreditation by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).

“The entire zoo team works hard to ensure that our programs, protocols, and facilities meet the highest standards,” said Zoo Director Jim Anderson, who serves on AZA’s Accreditation Commission and is part of a team that inspects other zoos.

The zoo was inspected over the summer by representatives of the AZA Accreditation Commission and submitted more than 2,700 pages of documentation to demonstrate that it meets the AZA’s rigorous standards, including animal care; keeper training; safety for visitors, staff and animals; educational programs; conservation efforts; veterinary programs; financial stability; risk management; visitor services; and other areas.

Only 223 zoos are accredited by the AZA in the United States.

Accredited zoos are required to undergo the accreditation process every five years. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo was first accredited in 1976.

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