FRESNO – The membership of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has elected Scott Barton, CEO/Director of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, to its Ethics Board.
“AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums will benefit from Scott’s thoughtful leadership and extensive experience,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “The entire AZA community recognizes Scott’s commitment to the highest ethical standards in the zoo and aquarium profession.”
The nine-member AZA Ethics Board is responsible for interpreting and enforcing the Association’s Code of Professional Ethics, which set high standards of conduct for the zoo and aquarium profession.
Barton began as executive director of Fresno Chaffee Zoo in 2009, returning to Fresno and the zoo where he started after 25 years working in zoos around the country. During the time away Barton worked at zoos, including Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Orlando), Reid Park Zoo (Tucson), Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle), Brevard Zoo (Melbourne), and Tracy Aviary (Salt Lake City).
Barton has a degree in biology from California State University, Fresno. His interest in conservation has lead to work and partnering on conservation projects in South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. He has also led several tours to Africa, the Galapagos, and South America.
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, education, science, and recreation.