The Oakland Zoo now offers AZADV members a 50% discount on regular zoo admission. AZADV members will need to present a valid membership card and photo ID when purchasing their admission tickets on-site. Reciprocal benefits are not available for online ticket purchases. Thank you to AZADV member Eva Lowe and Oakland Zoo Membership Manager Sarah (Cramer) Scates for their efforts in establishing this reciprocal benefit.
WITH THE FESTIVAL OF COLORS
March 11 – 26, 2016
Post Tour Extensions Available To
Chitwan National Park in Nepal
Kaziranga National Park
Mystical and spiritual, chaotic and confounding – India overflows with riches. The country’s history, sights, architecture, art, and wildlife beckons the world. Here is your chance to explore landscapes of vibrant colors and textures, experience a mosaic of culture, and have up-close encounters with exotic wildlife. This is India as you never imagined – and never will forget.
I was going to try and summarize this for you guys, but it’s pretty succinct. Please notice that it says, “more than 60,000 people invest more than 3,000,000 hours per year as volunteers at such zoos and aquariums;” and “commends the employees and volunteers at each zoo and aquarium for their hard work and dedication.” It’s noteworthy that volunteers are specifically called out in this resolution. Here’s the approved version.
Recognizing and honoring the zoos and aquariums of the United States.
Whereas according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, accredited zoos and aquariums have formally trained more than 400,000 teachers, and such zoos and aquariums support science curricula with effective teaching materials and hands-on opportunities and host more than 12,000,000 students annually on school field trips;
Whereas according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, accredited zoos and aquariums provide a unique opportunity for the public to engage in conservation and education efforts, and more than 60,000 people invest more than 3,000,000 hours per year as volunteers at such zoos and aquariums;
Whereas public investment in accredited zoos and aquariums has dual benefits, including immediate job creation and environmental education for children in the United States;
Whereas accredited zoos and aquariums focus on connecting people and animals, and such zoos and aquariums provide a critical link to helping animals in their native habitats;
Whereas according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, accredited zoos and aquariums have provided more than $90,000,000 per year over the past 5 years to support more than 4,000 field conservation and research projects in more than 100 countries; and
Whereas many Federal agencies have recognized accredited zoos and aquariums as critical partners in rescue, rehabilitation, confiscation, and reintroduction efforts for distressed, threatened, and endangered species: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate–
- recognizes and honors the zoos and aquariums of the United States;
- commends the employees and volunteers at each zoo and aquarium for their hard work and dedication;
- recommends that people in the United States visit their local accredited zoo and aquarium and take advantage of the educational opportunities that such zoos and aquariums offer; and
- urges continued support for accredited zoos and aquariums and the important conservation, education, and recreation programs of such zoos and aquariums.
- Larry: I joined AZAD initially so that Hilde & I could go on the AZAD trip to China in October 2008.
- Jeanie: I wanted to find out about other zoos and what other docents were doing.
- Ann: When I finished my docent training, two of our fabulous Kansas City Zoo docents took me aside and encouraged me to join. They are both active AZAD members. I joined AZAD right away and continue to encourage all our docents, old and new, to join.
- Muffin: Our entire training class (2010) joined in honor of our instructor as a graduation gift for all his work during training. He was so passionate in his talks about AZAD we thought it was a fitting tribute. – Memphis Docent
- Al: I joined almost right away after becoming a docent. I have gone to eleven conferences and have enjoyed everyone of them. I think everyone should become a member. I especially enjoy hanging with docents from other zoos and enjoy all the convention activities.
- Gay: I joined because I thought the conference sounded like such a neat experience – seeing other zoos, meeting docents from across the country, and learning about all aspects of something that I love so much. Haven’t missed one yet (even tho I just joined 2 years ago!) -Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens.
- Pamela: I joined right after graduation from docent class almost 12 years ago. I thought the pin looked cool. Since then I’ve discovered how much I can learn from other docents and at the conference. I’ve bee to, I think, 5 conferences. I am constantly concerned by how difficult it is to get our docents to join! Of 200 docents, only about 25 are members of AZAD. I try and try to convince them but so many say What’s in it for me? and don’t understand how much fun it is. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
- Bob: I have excessive compulsive behavior tendencies. I have been a Minnesota zoo docent for about 2 years. I attended 2010 in chicago, and had a sensational experience. Memphis 2011 as a delegate. I’m grateful for the zoo’s for hosting these events. Everyone should support this large conservation effort. What a great way to get fired up about being a docent. I really enjoy the different Zoo’s, and the people willing to share experiences. I think I need to try a AZAD trip?
- Wendie: Because I had sooooo much fun at the conference!!!!! – Little Rock Zoo
- Marie: I joined to be part of a docent network. As a member of a zoo with a docent program just really starting to grow, I thought it would help our zoo build our docent program with the information shared among AZAD members. I started going to the conferences the first year I joined and found it to be as rewarding as I expected. Being part of AZAD has brought friendships from across the country and lasting memories of the conference offerings. Elmwood Park Zoo docents enjoy having the opportunity to be part of AZAD.
- Kandy: I confess. I was guilted into it in the beginning. Van talked about it at every meeting. (Anything to get Van to sit back down and be quiet, right? Ha ha, just kidding!) Then we were hosting the conference. So we should all join. THEN, I went to Brookfield’s conference. But I told myself, only so I could see how a conference is run, to make the Memphis conference a success. Well! Worth it all! What had I been waiting for??
Here’s the extended article on Buenos Aires from Symbiosis.