BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Zoo had something to celebrate Monday afternoon.
For the eighth straight year, the zoo received a 5-year accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
This honor included receiving a plaque. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and many other local officials were on hand.
Receiving this accreditation allows the zoo to breed endangered species and be eligible for grants.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, often called the AZA, is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping zoos and aquariums advance in the areas of conservation, education, science and recreation, according to the organization's website. It represents more than 230 institutions in the U.S. and abroad that meet the highest standards in animal care and promoting fun, safe and educational environments.