15 Dec 2018 | Digital editions, magazines, websites, e-zines, handbooks and contract publishing for the leisure industry

Leisure Opportunities issue 752, 2018 is now out!

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Liz Terry
CEO,
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Kate Cracknell
editor-at-large,
Health Club Management

Tom Walker
Journalist,
Leisure Media

Our guest writers:

Aleatha Ezra
Director of park member development,
World Waterpark Association

Jennifer Fields
Communications Coordinator,
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Brad Irwin
Partnerships development manager,
Natural History Museum

Michel Buchel
President of Ecsite and CEO of NEMO, Amsetrdan,
NEMO

Julie Becker
Communications and Events Manager,
Ecsite

Eva McDiarmid
Chief Executive,
ASVA

Kurt Janson
Policy Director,
Tourism Alliance

Peter Ducker
Chief executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Maria Zolotonosa
Project Manager,
Ecsite

Ian Taylor
CEO,
SkillsActive

Ufi Ibrahim
Chief Executive,
British Hospitality Association

John Goodbody
Sports Journalist

Sam Coulstock
Customer Relationship Director,
Springboard

Lucy Schweingruber
Fundraising and Events Manager,
Ecsite

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Saving species and engaging people

10 Mar 2014
by Jennifer Fields, Communications Coordinator, Association of Zoos and Aquariums
In the past century, four of nine tiger subspecies have become extinct in their natural habitats.

The primary goal of zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is to save species and engage people. As poaching has reached its highest level in decades and continues to increase, this goal is more important than ever before.

In 2012, poachers killed more than 35,000 elephants for their tusks. The US is the second-largest consumer, behind China, of illegal animal products like elephant ivory, rhinoceros, and tiger bone.

Recently, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) destroyed around six tonnes of elephant ivory that had been seized over the years by the government. This sent a clear message to wildlife trafficking criminals that the US will disrupt and prose- cute those who prey on and profit from the deaths of elephants.

AZA supports a US ban on ivory trade and is partnering with USFWS to develop a creative use for the crushed ivory to educate the public about the threats that poaching and illegal trade pose to elephants and other at-risk species.

In the past century, four of nine tiger subspecies have also become extinct in their natural habitats. The Amur, Malayan and Sumatran tiger subspecies managed through the AZA Tiger Species Survival Plan® (SSP) are believed to number fewer than 500 in the wild as the result of poaching and habitat loss.

Since it first launched in January 2012, more than 30 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and related organisations have contributed more than US$150,000 (£91,000, €110,000) to the AZA Tiger SSP Conservation Campaign.

AZA-accredited venues attract more than 180 million visitors annually, putting them in a position to help stop the demand for products from the illegal wildlife trade.



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