(Salt Lake City, UT) — Tuesday October 20 Kris Vehrs, Executive Director of the Association of Zoos
and Aquariums (AZA), will be in Salt Lake recognizing both Hogle Zoo and Tracy
Aviary for the high honors of achieving accreditation. Vehrs will give a
formal presentation to the Salt Lake County Council at 4 pm, and another to the
Salt Lake City Council at 7 pm,
what it means to receive accreditation, as well as talk about the immense
amount of conservation work put forth by the two institutions.
During these
presentations, both County and City Councils will put forth resolutions
recognizing Tracy Aviary and Hogle Zoo for not only achieving national
recognition through accreditation by the AZA, but also for the work they do in
educating the local public and helping with conservation locally and globally.
This is significant because accreditation means that both of these
organizations have the utmost level of excellence; there are only 221
accredited zoos and aquariums throughout North America, and it is extremely
prestigious to have two institutions right here in Salt Lake City.
Visit Hogle Zoo
online at or for more
information, contact Community Relations Coordinator Holly
Braithwaite by email at or call
(801) 584-1729.
About the Association
of Zoos & Aquariums:
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 221 institutions
accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a
zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated
to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a
better future for all living things.  AZA
is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals
in their native habitats. For more information visit


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