April 9, 2012
Just because animals are on exhibit doesn't mean it's got cred.
It takes a lot more to get a seal of approval from the Assocation of Zoos & Aquariums, which requires its members to prove their quality animal husbandry, educational prowess and dedication to wildlife conservation.
Monterey Bay Aquarium has been AZA accredited since opening its doors in 1984. And it still meets that standard, the AZA announced today. The MBA passed its five-year re-accreditation after a review and on-site inspection of its animal care, veterinary, conservation, education, and safety standards.
Less than 10 percent of wildlife exhibitors in the U.S. have achieved accreditation, according to the AZA announcement. Twenty-four are in California.