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Columbus Zoo’s refusal to certify has been approved

If the appeal fails, the earliest time the zoo can apply for accreditation is September 2022.

Powell, Ohio — An application has been approved to appeal against the Zoos and Aquariums Association’s decision to reject the recognition of the Columbus Zoos and Aquariums.

According to the zoo, an appeal with the association’s board of directors has been set up on December 13.

The AZA Accreditation Committee resolved in October to refuse zoo accreditation because Columbus failed to maintain its standards. The zoo maintained its organization’s accreditation for 40 years before being rejected.

AZA cited ongoing investigations into the misuse of funds at zoos and reports of international animal migration for recreational purposes.

In March, Columbus Dispatch reported that four zoo officials, including former president and CEO Tom Starf and CFO Greg Bell, had abused zoo resources. Shortly after the announcement, both Stalf and Bell voluntarily resigned.

Later investigation revealed that the zoo lost more than $ 630,000 among the four staff.

AZA also pointed out “a long record of intentional and repetitive animal movements by non-AZA members aimed at supplying baby animals, primarily large cats, for recreational purposes.”

A documentary called “The Conservation Game” claims that long-time zoo director Jack Hannah and the zoo are associated with big cat trade across the country. In July, the zoo stopped working with certain animal groups mentioned in the movie.

According to the zoo, AZA provided tests performed this summer, claiming that AZA praised them for many changes.

However, the zoo said it wanted to see lasting changes before AZA certified the zoo.

The zoo is accredited during the appeal period. If the appeal fails, the earliest time the zoo can apply for accreditation is September 2022.

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Columbus Zoo’s refusal to certify has been approved

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