AZA Grants Accreditation to Greensboro Science Center

"The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that the Greensboro Science Center was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.

“By meeting Association of Zoos and Aquariums Accreditation Standards, Greensboro Science Center sets itself apart as one of the top zoos and aquariums in the world,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy.  “The Greensboro Science Center is a leader in the care and conservation of wildlife, and in educating people about the natural world.”

To be accredited, the Greensboro Science Center underwent a thorough review to ensure it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards, which include animal care, 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. 

The accreditation process includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals. The inspecting team observes all aspects of the institution’s operation, 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.  Finally, top officials are interviewed at a formal hearing of AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission, after which accreditation is granted, tabled, or denied.  Any institution that is denied may reapply one year after the Commission’s decision is made.

"In today's economy, credibility and community confidence are everything,” said Glenn Dobrogosz, Executive Director of the Greensboro Science Center. “As North Carolina's only dually AZA and AAM accredited science institution, the GSC staff and board of directors have worked extremely hard to make sure that Greensboro and the Triad are home to an organization on the cutting edge of science-focused change and transformation. Accreditation is the national gold standard and foundation on which sustainable growth and expansion begins." The Greensboro Science Center is seeing evidence of strong community support by consistently breaking visitation records. On Sunday, April 6, 2014, the Center welcomed its 300,000th visitor since the opening of the Carolina SciQuarium on June 29, 2013.

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, please visit"

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