The North Caroline Aquarium on Roanoke Island announced Monday it was granted an accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, signifying that the aquarium is providing its animals with the best care possible.
In a press statement, NCARI said that the aquarium underwent a thorough review process to meet standards for accreditation, and must do so every five years to maintain its membership with AZA. The review process looks at the aquarium’s animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, financial stability, education and safety. Top officials are also interviewed as part of the process.
The aquarium reopened to the public in 2016 after it underwent a $6.5 million renovation to enhance and upgrade exhibits, including the Ironclad Sanctuary, which tells the story of the Civil War ship, the Monitor.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums was founded in 1924 and is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in conservation, animal welfare, education, science and recreation.