Dan Ashe

AZA President and CEO


Hello everyone, my name is Dan Ashe, the President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a former career employee and former Director of The United States Fish & Wildlife Service.  I’d like to wish everyone a wonderful World Wildlife Day.  A day in which we celebrate the signing on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), a global commitment to ensure that our trade in animals and animal products is safe and sustainable. 

It’s also a time that we should celebrate partnerships that drive conservation globally, and at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, we and our members, work with partners all over the world-- like the Wildlife Conservation Society on lowland gorilla, like the International Fund for Animal Welfare on the Not A Pet campaign, and like 120 partners in our monarch SAFE program to ensure that monarch butterflies continue to have a place throughout North America. 

So please, on World Wildlife Day, take a moment, look at the wonder around you.  Take a moment and think about what you can do to support wildlife conservation.  Happy World Wildlife Day!

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