The North Carolina Zoo strives to care for animals at the zoo and around the world.
Part of that mission is being a part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, also known as the AZA.
It’s a rigorous process to be a part of that organization, including a mountain of paperwork and an in-depth inspection.
The Zoo must prove how it maintains superior care for animals, works on conservation projects and educates the public to help animals and the environment.
Only about 10% of the 2,000 zoos in the country pass the process.
Shannon Smith shows us why the zoo has remained an AZA member since 1984 in this week’s Zoo Filez.