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Jackson Zoo receives AZA accreditation

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The hard work and dedication of the staff at the Jackson Zoo has paid off.

The Jackson Zoo was granted accreditation Tuesday afternoon by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for Maintaining High Standards In Animal Care, Safety, Education and Conservation.

Jim Maddy, AZA President and CEO, presented zoo officials with the accreditation plaque during a meeting at the Jackson City Council.

Maddy says the Jackson Zoo is a great place for people to connect with the natural world and each other.

"It's also pretty much like a good housekeeping seal of approval," said Beth Poff, Executive Director, Jackson Zoo. "This let's people know when they are coming to an accredited zoo, that has not only great animal care, but has great concern about teaching environmental messages and being involved with conservation work as well."

The AZA requires zoos to successfully complete a rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members.

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