Four gifts that help save animals

Support conservation and help save animals from extinction this holiday season! By supporting the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and AZA-certified facilities, you’re contributing to more than $216 million spent on field conservation in 117 countries in 2021. With these 4 gifts, you can make Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa Or any more special vacation for the conservationist or animal lover in your life.

1. Eid Decorations “The Coolest Cats”

AZA has partnered with Rauch Industries to create a custom Christopher Radko tiger ornament in support of the AZA Wildlife Trade Alliance. “The Coolest Cats” features a hand-drawn tiger and cub and is available for purchase on their website.

2. Animal Review: Featured Reviews of Our Feathered, Finned and Furry Friends

red panda reviewSome of the best gifts come with laughter, and AZA-certified zoos and aquariums have compiled the best “reviews” for your favorite animals. Order your copy from Amazon or a bookstore.

“Zoos and aquariums have made fun of their animal friends—and their “product reviews” will leave your piece howling! Packed with adorable animal portraits and adorned with wit and humor, the revised animals are a must for animal lovers of all ages. Proceeds benefit the Zoo Association’s mission and aquariums to promote animal welfare, public participation, and protection.”

3. Membership in your local AZA approved zoo or aquarium

Zoos and aquariums need your help now more than ever. AZA members work hard to provide gold-standard care for their animals and support conservation worldwide. Your membership supports local jobs and helps save animals in the wild. Many annual memberships include admission for the whole family, plus perks and gift shop discounts. Find the nearest certified zoo or aquarium for you and your friends or family.

4. Gift guides from your local AZA-certified zoo or aquarium

Members across the AZA community have compiled gift guides featuring membership, gift shop favorites, and other ways to support your certified zoos and aquariums. Supporting your local AZA members supports the highest standards of animal care and welfare, as well as conservation worldwide. Take a look at gift guides from around the AZA membership:
aquarium adventure
New England Zoo
John Ji Shed Aquarium

Hero photo: 2021 Connect Photo Contest. Gray Wolf © Jennifer Hart, Detroit Zoo

Carlin Marcy is the Digital Media Coordinator for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

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