Zoo wins AZA Quarter Century Award

This month, the Seneca Park Zoo received the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Quarter Century Award. Established in 2015, this new award acknowledges facilities that have maintained AZA accreditation continuously for 25 years or more, highlighting their commitment to animal care, welfare, conservation, education, and more. The inaugural group of 119 awardees includes many facilities that have successfully achieved AZA accreditation well beyond the 25 year mark, including Seneca Park Zoo, which has maintained accreditation for 37 years.

The award recognizes a commitment to maintaining the highest standards in:

  • animal care
  • animal welfare
  • animal management
  • veterinary care
  • conservation
  • education
  • staffing
  • facilities
  • safety
  • guest services
  • and more

Seneca Park Zoo’s dedication to best modern zoological practices and philosophies is a hallmark of AZA accreditation, and we are proud to be honored for our continuous commitment to upholding AZA standards and policies.

Learn more about the AZA programs in which the Zoo participates.

General Curator David Hamilton featured as Democrat & Chronicle ‘Hot Job’

Last week, the Democrat and Chronicle featured the Zoo in their latest “Hot Jobs” column. General Curator David Hamilton answered questions about his busy days, his favorite animals and how Zoos fulfill conservation goals around the world.

Photo by Mike Bradley
Photo by Mike Bradley

Polar bears seem to get all the attention in climate change debates, but David Hamilton wishes snow leopards, frogs, sturgeon and other animals threatened with extinction shared the limelight.

“People don’t always realize how intricate and involved the lives of animals are,” said Hamilton, general curator of the Seneca Park Zoo, which has about 180 species, “and how the whole world is tied together.”

Read the full story here.