POSTED: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 4:39am
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 9:07am
Zoo CEO credits taxpayers and friends of the zoo,
Lufkin---The Lufkin Daily News is reporting; Jim Maddy, CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, presented a plaque honoring Ellen Trout Zoo’s official accreditation during Tuesday night’s Lufkin City Council meeting.
The accreditation, Maddy said, is a tribute to the zoo’s staff, city leadership, taxpayers and friends of the zoo, calling it a “healthy” relationship.
“I suspect that’s why a city of this size is able to meet (the AZA’s) standards,” Maddy said.
Currently, 213 North American institutions with live animals have received accreditation through the AZA, only about 10 percent of the total zoos in North America. Ellen Trout Zoo, Maddy said, meets all of the AZA’s accreditation standards.
“It’s not only outstanding for a community of this size, it’s outstanding for a community of any size,” Maddy said.
Maddy called the number of animals in the zoo’s collection, and the overall health of the animals, impressive, adding that Zoo Director Gordon Henley is a national leader in the zoological profession. Some of the contributions made to the AZA by Henley include serving as an AZA inspector, leading inspection teams and reviewing grant applications.