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Franklin Park Zoo's shuttle will not be running this weekend. Service is now scheduled to start on June 2. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you aboard soon!

 

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Reduce the Risk: A Crisis in Human and Animal Health

Zoonotic diseases, infections caused by a pathogens shared between animals and people, are a serious threat to both human and animal health worldwide. In fact, more than two-thirds of all emerging infectious human diseases are zoonotic. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums' "Reduce the Risk" initiative aims to reduce zoonotic disease threats by combating wildlife trade that poses a risk to human and animal health.

Through its Government Affairs and Wildlife Trafficking Alliance programs, AZA has committed to combating illegal wildlife trade, in addition to addressing unsustainable trade in wildlife. This initiative advocates for stricter regulations, enforcement, and transparency on all forms of wildlife trade (both legal and illegal) that pose a threat to human and animal health. 

 Read more about AZA's approach to Reduce the Risk.