North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher Director Peggy Sloan Elected

By / Life on the Island / Tuesday, 28 October 2014 04:00

To Association of Zoos and Aquariums Board of Directors

The membership of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has elected Peggy Sloan, Director of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, to the AZA Board of Directors. “AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums will benefit from Peggy’s strong leadership and extensive experience,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. Beginning October 1, 2014, Sloan will serve on the AZA Board of Directors as one of its thirteen members. Sloan will be involved in every aspect of the national organization, including accreditation, ethics, animal welfare, and conservation. Each year, AZA’s 229 accredited facilities collectively contribute $160 million to field conservation projects that help to protect species across the world, serve more than 181 million visitors, welcome more than 12 million students on educational field trips, contribute $16 billion to the U.S. economy, and support 142,000 jobs. “I believe aquariums and zoos lay a foundation and provide a gateway for people to connect with and discover nature. As a professional organization, AZA is charged with caring for the people who engage and recruit others to save and restore wildlife and wild places – members and member institutions.
What an awesome responsibility,” said Sloan. Sloan brings more than 25 years of experience in conservation education, science, business management and collaborative leadership to the AZA Board. Sloan holds a Bachelor of Science from Richard Stockton State College and a Master of Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She completed leadership training for executives through Ross Business School, Harvard and University of Texas.
 Sloan has served six years on AZA’s Conservation Education Committee (three years as Vice Chair) and currently serves on AZA’s Annual Program and Aquarium Affairs Committees.  
About AZA - Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and six other countries.
Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.
The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit


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