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AZA OKs accreditation to SeaLife Center


September 22, 2016

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the Alaska SeaLife Center was granted accreditation by AZA's independent Accreditation Commission.

"Only zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums," said AZA Interim Present and CEO Kris Vehrs. "When people visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, they can be assured that they are supporting a facility that is a leader in providing quality care to wildlife, as well as committed to protecting these species' future."

The news that the ASLC had been accredited was welcome news.

"Earning this accreditation means that the Alaska SeaLife Center, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, meets the highest standards for providing quality care to wildlife, as well as its commitment to protecting the future of arctic and sub-arctic animal species," said Tara Riemer, President & CEO. "Over the past 18-years, the Alaska SeaLife Center has risen to international prominence for its scientific research, wildlife response, and education programs – and most recently for our cutting edge green technology. In acknowledging this achievement, we wish to thank the thousands of Alaskans who continue to support the Center through visits, charitable contributions and numerous partnerships."

To be accredited, the Alaska SeaLife Center underwent a thorough review to assure it has and will continue to meet rising standards, which include animal care and welfare, 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.

"I am especially proud of our staff team and their dedication to maintaining these high standards," said Riemer.

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation.

AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the U.S and eight other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium.


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