Nashville Zoo was recently honored with the 2009 IAATE Conservation Award as well as a $500 donation. The award recognizes members of The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators for their avian conservation efforts.
The Zoo’s Friends of Animals at Nashville Zoo (FANZ) Club received the award for their support of the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation in 2008. The Zoo founded the FANZ club last year as a conservation initiative tied to its educational animal shows, and all proceeds benefit conservation efforts.
IAATE fosters communication, professionalism and cooperation among individuals promoting avian science through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation and education. Conservation Award applicants are evaluated on the: project’s impact on avian conservation, extent of IAATE involvement, use of creative or innovative methods, and sustainability of the conservation effort.
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