The Buffalo Zoo was granted a five-year accreditation Monday from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
“The Buffalo Zoo has had a great summer, and what has happened today puts an exclamation point on these past several months,” said Jonathan Dandes, the zoo’s chairman.
This marks the eighth consecutive five-year accreditation for the zoo. The association conducted an on-site inspection that focused on animal care, keeper training, finances, education and visitor services and safety.
A plaque was presented by Dr. Jeffrey Wyatt, a member of the AZA’s accreditation committee.
In 2006, the AZA delayed the zoo’s accreditation because the elephant and veterinary facilities were not considered up to standard.
The zoo raised more than $2 million to expand the Elephant House to meet modern zoo standards, and built an aseptic surgery suite for the veterinary hospital.