The AZA has officially accredited Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park as well as Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge for the next five years. Accredited zoos and aquariums must meet the organization’s high standards for animal management and care, including living environments, social groupings, health, and more.
- “The level and commitment to animal care sets the gold standard for our community. Veterinary, nutrition, training, browse program and enrichment programs are state of the art. Individual cases like mandrill integration and physical and cognitive therapy for gorilla Lily are excellent examples.”
- “The keeper staff is professional, passionate and engaged...”
- “Overall safety culture is extraordinarily strong across the organization, and staff training exceeds all expectations. Successful initiatives such as the "Near Miss" program.”
- “New interpretive programs, Wilderness Scouts, and Wild Africa Trek, add both breadth and depth to program offerings.”
- “Disney's Animal Kingdom staff have been successful in making conservation a key value of the Walt Disney Company. The current positive impact and future potential of this change cannot be overstated. Company-wide sustainability practices are one good example.”
This is good news. I wasn't sure what this really meant and so looked it up... For those unaware, there is another organization called the ZAA which condones the breeding of offbeat animals (such as white tigers which are NOT natural). I found an article at http://bigcatrescue.org/aza-vs-zaa/ that tells the difference.