SARASOTA – Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota earned a prestigious honor when it comes to zoos around the world.
Mote was among 19 facilities gaining recent accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums commission.
Mote joins the Brevard Zoo as part of 21 facilities around Florida to be accredited by the AZA.
The zoos and aquariums have to meet a set of guidelines designed to identify excellence in animal care, welfare and conservation. There are other factors such as visitor safety.
The AZA reviews applicants for accreditation twice a year.