Category Archives: Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Closing the Book on Orca Captivity?

The recent documentary film Blackfish brought the issue of killer whale captivity into the pubic consciousness like nothing has before. Hearing from whale trainers, former and current, and seeing the visual impact of captivity moved people to reevaluate how society treats orcas by keeping them in confinement for public performances. The film illustrates the obvious conflict in keeping a highly intelligent and social creature that has evolved to cover long distances and deep water in a comparatively miniscule and solitary… Continue reading

Celebrate Endangered Species Day this Friday!

Endangered Species Day is this Friday, May 15th! Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of our nation’s wildlife and wild places. This year, millions of people will celebrate Endangered Species Day on Friday and throughout the month of May. America is blessed with amazing wildlife: bald eagles and peregrine falcons flying in our skies, gray wolves and grizzly bears roaming the wilderness, Canada lynx and spotted owls in ancient forests, salmon and… Continue reading