Q: Why is Stonyfield supporting AZA /SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction)?

At Stonyfield Organic, we think about the impact of everything we do—from what's in the cup and how it's made, to how it gets to you. Our company actually began as an organic farming school, so conservation of our planet's resources has always been at our core. We want to share the message with everyone we know that organic farming is the best way to grow healthy food while preserving our environment.

Stonyfield products are made with certified organic ingredients. That means they're made without toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones or genetically modified ingredients. All of our milk and organic ingredients come from family farms that share our values and use responsible farming methods. That's what makes Stonyfield products more than just delicious.

AZA SAFE is a great opportunity for us to take our commitment even further. With every species that goes extinct, our ecosystem becomes a little less secure—so it's important to help all species survive to maintain the balance that supports us all.

You can find out more about how they are helping endangered species survive by visiting www.aza.org/aza-safe.

Q: I've heard that zoos are terrible places for animals. Why are you supporting zoos?

That's exactly why we are proud of the work AZA is doing. "In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught." – Baba Dioum

Conservation begins with education. The first step in saving animals from extinction is to educate the public. Zoos offer everyone the opportunity to learn more about the world around us and the animals that share our planet. A visit to the zoo allows children to see and appreciate animals they might otherwise never encounter. Experiencing animals this way helps to instill a sense of stewardship for the planet in our children.

Q: Why is AZA accreditation important?

Of the approximately 2,800 animal exhibitors licensed by the USDA across the country, less than 10% are AZA-accredited. AZA accreditation ensures that member organizations are dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.

Q: How can a cow save animals?

The cows are our inspiration and a model for how caring can make a difference. At Stonyfield, we source our milk from Happy Cows on family farms, and we make delicious organic yogurts with that milk. Those happy cows are supporting AZA SAFE because we're supporting AZA who, in turn, is working to save endangered species. That's how a cow can help save an endangered species!

Q: Where can I find out more about AZA/SAFE?

Go to www.aza.org/aza-safe to discover more about the animals that SAFE is working to protect and--how the AZA partners are leveraging their resources and expertise to save endangered species.

Q: What are AZA's standards? Is there follow up once a zoo is accredited?

For AZA accreditation there is no such thing as a "renewal." Each member must be "re-accredited" every five years. For more information on their accreditation standards got to https://www.aza.org/accreditation.

AZA has been the primary accrediting body for zoos and aquariums for over 40 years. U.S. agencies such as OSHA and the USDA consider AZA standards as the "national" standard, and they refer to AZA standards when evaluating institutions. AZA's rigorous, scientifically based and publically available standards examine the zoo or aquarium's entire operation--including animal welfare, veterinary care, conservation, education, guest services, physical facilities, safety, staffing, finance, and governing body. AZA standards are performance-based to allow them to be applied to a variety of different situations and cases. AZA is continuously raising its standards as science continues to learn more and more about the species in our care. Accreditation is rescinded if AZA standards are not maintained.

In addition to a very lengthy written application, AZA also requires an intense, multiple-day, on-site inspection and an in-person hearing in front of the Accreditation Commission. Once accredited, AZA has a verifiable track record of enforcing its standards and monitors institutions in a variety of ways. AZA member institutions are required to repeat the entire accreditation process every five years to assure that they are upholding the continuously evolving standards, incorporating best modern zoological practices in animal welfare and management, and embracing modern AZA philosophies.

Q: Are AZA standards the same in all countries?

Yes! Institutions located outside the United States may apply for accreditation under the same rules and standards as those located within the United States.

Q: What endangered animals are being helped and how?

AZA SAFE uses a unique collaborative process, which incorporates a wide-range of species-specific expertise from AZA members and non-government and government partners to identify the conservation actions needed to protect SAFE Signature species. SAFE 3-year Conservation Action Plans (CAPs) are then developed which include science-based conservation projects that have been agreed upon and prioritized by the stakeholders. SAFE then utilizes an adaptive management strategy and the Open Standards for Conservation Practice to maintain the collaborative process and secure a dynamic and robust process for using project results to inform future decisions.

Ten inaugural SAFE Signature Species have been identified including the African penguin, Asian elephant, black rhinoceros, cheetah, gorilla, sea turtle, sharks and rays, vaquita, Western pond turtle, and whooping crane.

For more information on the animals and conservation efforts see:

Q: So how can I participate in the The Trip to South Africa sweepstakes?

You can enter for a chance to win a trip to South Africa by visiting http://www.stonyfield.com/azasafe/africasweeps and filling out the entry form. The sweepstakes began on August 1, 2017 (9:00am EST) and ends on December 31, 2017 (11:59pm EST). You could win a trip to South Africa that includes the following amazing features in the prize: international airfare and airport transfers from Dulles International Airport or John F. Kennedy International Airport to O.R. Tambo International Johannesburg Airport, luxury lodging, a visit to an African penguin colony, and 2 private safaris where you'll have a chance to see the big five (African buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino). Eligibility requirements and other restrictions apply. Please read the Official Rules. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.

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Q: What is Stonyfield raising money for and how can I donate?

Stonyfield is making it possible for kids from Boys & Girls Clubs to visit local zoos & aquariums. With a goal of igniting passion in our next generation of #FutureLeaders—bringing them face-to-face with animals, educating about the urgency of conservation, and empowering with the knowledge to make a difference. We’ve launched Stonyfield’s first-ever crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and will match every donation during the campaign up to $125,000 -- doubling your impact for our next generation of #FutureLeaders. With your donation, we’ll be able to send over 5,000 kids on these life-changing trips—inspiring them to help protect our planet and every animal that calls it home. To donate visit the Indiegogo campaign page. Support them now.

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