Officials from a local zoo will be off to San Diego this week to meet with high ranking officials from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or the AZA, to renew their accreditation.
According Ken Frye, Director of the Scovill Zoo in Decatur, they will send representatives to San Diego to sit before a panel that will analyze the zoo and give feedback before they approve their AZA accreditation.
The AZA does an inspection before the zoo makes their trip to San Diego to go before the panel and the zoo had to take care of a few things and others will take some time.
While the process can be intimidating, Frye says the group has the best interests of the animals and zoos in mind. He says they feel good about where they are at as they prepare to go before the panel.