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Columbus Zoo’s reduction of accreditation stands soon after charm with AZA

The major accrediting overall body for zoos and aquariums denied the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s accreditation charm Monday, officially stripping the common central Ohio institution of an marketplace seal of approval meant to build community rely on.  

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a nonprofit that represents more than 240 facilities in the United States and overseas, denied the Columbus Zoo’s accreditation after hearing the zoo’s charm through its board of administrators conference. The zoo, which described the denial in a push release and in an email to supporters, will have an possibility to reapply for AZA accreditation in drop of 2022. 

New Columbus Zoo President and CEO Tom Schmid referred to as the AZA’s final decision disappointing, but explained the zoo will keep on to move forward. Animal treatment and welfare remains the zoo’s top rated precedence, he stated in a prepared statement. 

“In the final 9 months, the Zoo group has moved mountains to make transformative variations that proceed to make us a improved Zoo with new crew customers, new guidelines, and extra oversights that have been in place at the time of the AZA inspection in July,” Schmid reported.