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AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums undergo a thorough review that includes a detailed accreditation application as well as a multiple day on-site inspection by a team of experts from around the country. Learn more about how AZA Accreditation works.

March 2014 Accreditation Results

AZA is pleased to announce the results of the Accreditation Commission hearings held in March 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee.

We would like to welcome a new member institution, Acuario de Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico.

Accredited for another cycle were Abilene Zoological Gardens, Abilene, Texas; Adventure Aquarium, Camden, N.J.; Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans, La.; Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, Flatts, Bermuda; Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla, Calif.; Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, Mass.; Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas, Texas; Florida Aquarium, Tampa, Fla.; Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose, Texas; Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville, Texas; Greensboro Science Center, Greensboro, N.C.; Jenkinson's Aquarium, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.; John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Ill.; The Living Desert, Palm Desert, Calif.; Memphis Zoo, Memphis, Tenn.; Museum of Science, Boston, Mass.; Nashville Zoo, Nashville, Tenn.; National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque, Iowa; Oakland Zoo, Oakland, Calif.; Reid Park Zoo, Tucson, Ariz.; The Seas, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, Va.; and Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.

March 2014 Certification Results

Certified for another cycle were Natural Encounters, Inc., Winter Haven, Fla.; and White Oak Conservation Center, Yulee, Fla.

Update: 2014 Accreditation Standards

The 2014 edition of the Accreditation Standards and Related Policies is now available, including the new Standards for Elephant Management and Care. For all other 2014 accreditation materials click here!

Animal Care Manuals

Accreditation standard 1.2.1 requires institutions to have copies of all approved AZA Animal Care Manuals (ACMs) for species within their collections, and to ensure that all animal care staff has access to them. For more information and a list of approved ACMs, click here.

Upcoming Reviews

We welcome your comments regarding the AZA members and prospective members under review for accreditation or certification at the next meeting of the AZA Accreditation Commission.

Accreditation Resource Center

Please be sure to visit our Accreditation Resource Center for sample documents and policies required for accreditation!

AAM Offers Streamlined Accreditation Process For AZA-Accredited Institutions

The American Alliance of Museums and AZA have collaborated on a streamlined AAM accreditation process for institutions that are accredited by AZA. Please click here for the related news release, and here for an FAQ sheet.

Accreditation Rack Cards for Visitors

Show your visitors what your AZA accreditation means! Download the Accreditation Rack Card.