Salisbury zoo receives significant recognition

The Salisbury Zoo has received The Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Quarter Century Award.

The award recognizes institutions that have received continuous professional accreditation for at least 25 years. Salisbury’s zoo became one of the earliest AZA-accredited facilities in 1976.

“This new award, established in 2015, acknowledges the Salisbury Zoo’s continuous dedication to the best modern zoological practices and philosophies — the hallmarks of AZA accreditation. We applaud your dedicated commitment to AZA standards and policies,” Steve Burns, chairman of the AZA board of directors, wrote in a letter to zoo officials.

“That’s a tremendous achievement, and AZA is honored to present your institution with the … award recognizing the Salisbury Zoo’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards in animal care, welfare, management, veterinary care, conservation, education, staffing, facilities, safety, guest services, and more,” he wrote.

In a news release, Mayor Jake Day said the award recognizes the zoo is “more than just a tourist attraction.”

“For over 25 years, the nation’s preeminent zoo accreditation organization has counted our zoo as an outstanding facility, which is focused on the humane treatment and care of its animals, and the satisfaction and safety of visitors,” the mayor said.

“I’m proud of our Zoo, and I offer my thanks to zoo director Ralph Piland and all of the employees who help us maintain these high standards.”


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