The Tennessee Aquarium is being recognized for 25-plus years of accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The Tennessee Aquarium opened in 1992 and has had over 20 million visitors since opening day.

AZA accreditation is important for maintaining high standards in various areas, including animal welfare, natural conservation and safety. To receive accreditation, the AZA requires zoos and aquariums to undergo a meticulous process to assure that these standards are being met.

The accreditation presentation is Friday, July 19 at the Tennessee Aquarium River Journey Building. Dan Ashe, President and CEO of the AZA, will present the re-accreditation document and speak to the aquarium's staff and volunteers.