NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Association of Zoos and Aquariums says it has reaccredited the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.
AZA spokesman Steve Feldman says the zoo has been accredited since 1981.
Zoos and aquariums must be inspected and reviewed every five years to be members of the association. Standards include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety.
Feldman said Wednesday that it's among five AZA-accredited or certified institutions in Louisiana and Mississippi. Three are owned by the Audubon Nature Institute.
The other two in New Orleans are the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species. The research center is certified. It isn't regularly open to the public, so some accreditation standards, such as visitor safety, don't apply.
The Jackson Zoo in Mississippi and BREC'S Baton Rouge Zoo also are accredited.
AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy says accreditation is a sign of a leader in care and conservation of wildlife.
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