AZA President and CEO presents Zoo re-accreditation

AZA President and CEO presents Zoo re-accreditation Thursday, 2:30

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Springfield, Mo. – Dickerson Park Zoo is proud to host the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) President and CEO Dan Ashe Thursday, September 21.

Mr. Ashe will spend the day touring Dickerson Park Zoo, and at 2:30 p.m. will announce the zoo’s recent re-accreditation. The zoo first achieved accreditation in 1986 and has successfully maintained re-accreditation following evaluation and inspection from the AZA Accreditation Commission every five years.

Dan Ashe is the former Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. He joined AZA in January 2017.

The presentation will take place at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Diversity of Life building at Dickerson Park Zoo, 1401 W. Norton Rd.

Dickerson Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit