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Grainger Everyday Heroes: Zookeeper

3/30/20
Grainger Editorial Staff

The Scovill Zoo is just one of 238 facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. These institutions showcase the world's biodiversity and help visitors learn about conservation. Here are seven fun facts about American zoos that might surprise you:

  1. With over 183 million annual visitors, America’s zoos and aquariums have greater attendance than every NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL game combined.
  2. America’s 238 accredited zoos and aquariums are home to over 800,000 animals from nearly 6,000 species.
  3. Tigers are the most popular zoo animal; over 1,800 tigers are currently in the care of U.S. facilities.
  4. U.S. zoos and aquariums are helping rescue over 450 species from extinction. Zoos use species survival plans to maximize the long-term genetic diversity of the endangered animals in their care, maintaining a stable and sustainable population for generations to come.
  5. Zoos and aquariums donated $231 million to conservation projects in 2019.
  6. America’s oldest zoo is the Philadelphia Zoo, founded in 1859.
  7. The oldest animal in captivity (Jonathan the Seychelles Giant Tortoise) was born in 1832, making him 188 years as of 2020.

The information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only and is based on information available as of the initial date of publication. No representation is made that the information or references are complete or remain current. This article is not a substitute for review of current applicable government regulations, industry standards, or other standards specific to your business and/or activities and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the applicable standards or consult with an attorney.

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