Meet the Team

Tim Lewthwaite is the editor of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) CONNECT magazine and has been with AZA since the fall of 2004.  His life-long interest in wildlife has led to several trips to southern Africa.  Favorite national parks he has visited include Etosha National Park in Namibia and Cape Mountain Zebra National Park in South Africa.  Tim believes that accredited zoos and aquariums provide their visitors with a unique opportunity to connect with the extraordinary diversity of life on the planet, to explore the growing threats that many species and habitats are facing, and to learn about the remarkable work that is being done to save wildlife and wild places.

As the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Communications Coordinator, Jennifer Fields works on a national level to communicate the animal care and welfare, wildlife conservation and science, and positive economic benefits of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. Prior to joining the AZA team, she served as the Buffalo Zoo’s Public Relations Coordinator. In October 2011, she represented the Buffalo Zoo during the Polar Bears International (PBI) Leadership Camp in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada where she observed polar bears in the wild and studied the effects of climate change. While she always had a love for animals, her experiences at the Buffalo Zoo and at AZA have solidified her dedication to wildlife conservation and her passion for communicating about this important cause

About AZA
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. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. To learn more, visit