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.
September 2013 Accreditation Results
AZA is pleased to announce the results of the Accreditation Commission hearings held in September 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.
We would like to welcome a new member institution, SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.
Accredited for another cycle were Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines, Iowa; Bronx Zoo, Bronx, N.Y.;Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, S.C.; Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, Saint Louis, Mo.; Calgary Zoo, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Chehaw Wild Animal Park, Albany, Ga.; Clyde Peeling's Reptiland, Allenwood, Pa.; Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, Conn.; Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Henson Robinson Zoo, Springfield, Ill.; Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison, Wis.; Hutchinson Zoo, Hutchinson, Kan.; International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wis.; Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington, Ill.; Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee, Wis.; Oglebay's Good Zoo, Wheeling, W.Va.; Oklahoma City Zoo, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, N.Y.; Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, N.Y.; Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.; Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and Virginia Zoological Park, Norfolk, Va.
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.
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 Association 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.