On December 9, Lisa Keith, Zoo Director received the following letter from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums:

Congratulations to the David Traylor Zoo of Emporia for 25 or more years of continuous accreditation!  That’s a tremendous achievement, and AZA is honored to present your institution with the AZA Quarter Century Award recognizing the David Traylor Zoo of Emporia’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards in animal care, welfare, management, veterinary care, conservation, education, staffing, facilities, safety, guest services, and more.  The David Traylor Zoo of Emporia’s dedication to best modern zoological practices and philosophies is a hallmark of AZA accreditation, and we applaud your continuous commitment to uphold AZA standards and policies.

Please accept our sincere compliments to you and your staff on a job very well done!

Steve Burns                                         Chuck Wikenhauser

Chair, AZA Board of Directors                            Chair, AZA Accreditation Commission