Ellen Trout Zoo Leaders attend Meeting of the Crocodile Specialists Group in South Africa.
(June 1st, 2016) - Ellen Trout Zoo director Gordon Henley and the zoo director of educational services Charlotte Henley attended the 24th Working Meeting of the Crocodile Specialists Group in Kruger National Park, South Africa. The Crocodile Specialist Group is a worldwide network of people interested in the conservation of crocodilian species and in the mitigation of human/crocodile conflicts. Members of the CSG must be recognized persons with expertise and interest in crocodilians and be appointed by the chairman of the CSG. There is quite a variety of interests among the membership ranging from: managing wild populations; to captive management; to diet, nutrition, and diseases; to sustainable uses of crocodiles and crocodile products; and to academic research about the various aspects of crocodilian biology. Topics of the presentations were informative and enlightening and the networking opportunities were meaningful and productive. Prior to the CSG meeting, the Henleys took the opportunity to spend some time in the South African bush observing the wildlife. Many species of animals were observed and seeing many of the species in the wild that are housed at the Ellen Trout Zoo provided a meaningful catalyst regarding the relevancy of zoos. It accentuated our ability to connect all of our guests through the animals we exhibit to their wild counter parts and give some understanding and meaning to the need to conserve wild animals and wild places. Animals at the Ellen Trout Zoo are truly “Ambassadors for their Wild Counterparts”.
The Ellen Trout Zoo has been Accredited
by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
(May 3, 2016) - Once again the Ellen Trout Zoo has been Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). After a lengthy process lasting nearly a year, the Accreditation Commission of the AZA has reviewed the materials submitted by the Ellen Trout Zoo and by the visiting committee that inspected the zoo and found that the Ellen Trout Zoo continues to maintain the high standards established for zoos and aquariums by the AZA. The Accreditation process occurs every five years and the standards increase within each cycle. The Accreditation program examines all aspects of the zoo’s operations: the animal collection and exhibits; education programs and offerings; attendance; the physical plant; governance; support group; financial stability; conservation activities; research projects; and maintenance programs. This is the seventh time the Ellen Trout Zoo has undergone the Accreditation process and has received Accreditation each and every time. In September 2015 the Ellen Trout Zoo received an award from the AZA recognizing over 25 years of continuous Accreditation.
2015 Zoo Attendance Highest in 12 years
(February 8, 2016) - Attendance at the Ellen Trout Zoo reached 131,610 in 2015. That’s the highest it’s been in twelve years and the second highest since the zoo began charging an admission. Normally, attendance figures average 120,000-121,000 per year. In 2014 attendance was 121,404 so in 2015 the zoo saw an increase of 10,206 guests, or an increase of nearly eight and a half percent.