“Only zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “The community should take great pride in knowing that the Abilene Zoo is a proven leader in the care and conservation of wildlife, and in inspiring people to take action to protect the natural world.”
To be accredited, the Abilene Zoo underwent a thorough review to ensure it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards. 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.
Abilene Zoo Director Bill Gersonde is proud of the team’s success.
“We’re thrilled to join more than 220 other institutions as an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums,” Gersonde said. “We never could have reached this significant achievement without the support of the City of Abilene, the Abilene Zoological Society, a dedicated staff and our zoo members and guests.”