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Big Cat Rescue: AZA Denied WOES Application for Certification

June 2001

In September 2000, Wildlife on Easy Street applied to the American Zoological Association for Certification as a Related Facility. The hearing was held in Colorado in March 2001 and was attended by Jamie Veronica and Carole Lewis. The board denied our application and stated the following reasons for doing so:

  • Concern about the amount of visitor contact with the cats
  • Lack of any trained zoological professionals on staff
  • Need to place zoological professionals on the advisory board
  • Need to increase the ratio of paid staff to volunteers
  • Need to continue developing formal veterinary program
  • Need to finish perimeter fencing

"We suggest you consider a mentor for your facility who can review and discuss AZA philosophies and standards with WOES and help your facility prepare for certification at a later date in the future. We will be happy to assign someone, if you so desire, and stand ready to work with you in ensuring that Wildlife on Easy Street is well positioned when it next makes application for certification." view PDF


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