Construction Notice: Seal Perimeter Fence

As of April 18, our team is installing fencing around the perimeter of our seal exhibit for the seals’ safety and to comply with USDA regulations. The exhibit will remain accessible during normal operating hours for visitors to observe our seals, and work is expected to be completed within a few weeks.

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Association of Zoos & Aquariums

The AZA's Accreditation Commission evaluates every zoo or aquarium to make sure it meets the AZA's standards for living environments, social groupings, health, and nutrition. Every animal at AZA-accredited institutions undergoes a thorough welfare assessment at least once a year. AZA also ensures that animals are provided with enrichment to stimulate natural behavior. The Accreditation Commission also evaluates the veterinary program, involvement in conservation and research, education programs, safety policies and procedures, security, physical facilities, guest services, and the quality of the institution's staff.

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Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums

Considered to be the most comprehensive and stringent in the world, Alliance accreditation standards are based on decades of experience and best practices of marine mammal experts throughout the world. To become accredited, facilities must meet or exceed these standards, which encompass topics ranging from animal health and wellness, applied animal behavior, training and enrichment, and water and environmental quality, to population sustainability, transportation, scientific research and conservation, and public education. Alliance-accredited facilities must demonstrate they meet these requirements every five years in a comprehensive, two-day, on-site inspection by a team of experienced professionals.

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World Assocation of Zoos & Aquariums

WAZA members are regional associations, national federations, zoos, and aquariums, dedicated to providing the highest standards of care and striving to achieve the most in the conservation of animals and their habitats around the world.

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Assocation of Science and Technology Centers

ASTC is a professional membership organization with a vision of increased understanding of—and engagement with—science and technology among all people and a mission to champion and support science and technology centers and museums.

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Virginia Green Travel Alliance Award Winner - Best Attraction

The Virginia Green Travel Alliance is the state’s program recognizing tourism partners that have self-certified their environmental efforts. Since 2011, Virginia Green has recognized hundreds of Travel Stars and Travel Leaders for their commitments to sustainability and contributions to green tourism in Virginia. We are proud to have received the Green Program Award for Best Attraction.

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