Commercial Member Benefits

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AZA Membership Benefits for Commercial Members

AZA Commercial Membership is available for companies and consultants that provide products and services to zoos and aquariums. Commercial members have access to a variety of programs to enhance their ability to reach zoo/aquarium professionals.

Commercial members also receive timely and critical information for achieving a better understanding of the needs, issues and trends of the zoo and aquarium field and are encouraged to take full advantage of all of the benefits AZA membership has to offer. 

NEW! The new Commercial Member With Animals membership category makes available valuable Commercial member benefits and resources to those product and service providers who also own or hold animals. The application process includes completion of a detailed application, statements of support from two AZA-accredited zoos or aquariums, on-site inspection, and review by a subcommittee of the Membership Committee.  Learn more about the application process for Commercial Member With Animals.

Not a Commercial member yet? Annual dues are $1,500 and include all of the benefits listed below. Join AZA online today!  Or you may mail application materials. (Micro-enterprises with fewer than 5 employees and less than $250,000 gross annual revenue are eligible for discount and must submit application and dues payment via mail.)

Users may have to log in as AZA members to access some of the information available at the links on this page. If you're a current AZA member and you don't yet know your Member Number and Password, please contact Membership.

New Member Announcement

New AZA Commercial members are announced each month in the popular Member Updates section of CONNECT Magazine.  

AZA Buyer's Guide

Commercial members receive a listing in and a copy of the AZA Buyer's Guide.

Annual Conference and Mid-Year Meeting

Receive discounted rates on exhibit fees and priority space assignment at the Annual Conference and exclusive opportunity to exhibit at the Mid-Year Meeting.  Commercial Members are also eligible to become speakers or present posters. Proposals must be submitted during the Call for Papers period and are considered for acceptance by peers and members.  Individuals employed by vendors are not eligible to attend conferences and meetings or join as in individual member unless the company is a member.


Commercial members may advertise in several publications including AZA's monthly magazine CONNECT which reaches over 5,500 AZA members each month


  • Commercial members receive a subscription to CONNECT, AZA’s monthly magazine that helps you stay in touch with your market and keep abreast of the issues facing the community.  
  • Insight is a monthly email newsletter with the latest information about AZA activities and member benefits. 
  • A Daily News Digest with links to online articles featuring zoo and aquariums is also available. 

The AZA Marketplace

The AZA Marketplace is an online buyers’ guide that allows users to easily search product and service providers to the zoo and aquarium community. The Marketplace is an important element of the AZA Advantage suite of tools and services AZA provides the community in procuring service providers, tools and technology at the click of their mouse. It is a crucial keystone benefit for Commercial Members, allowing them to showcase their products and services to a targeted and unique audience with real time updates and networking tools. Visit the AZA Marketplace today. 

Requests for Proposals

AZA periodically receives RFPs from AZA member institutions.  RFPs are distributed to Commercial Members via e-mail alerts.  Members may also view RFPs from the past year's archive.  Learn more about the RFP distribution service.

Mailing Labels

Commercial members may receive (upon request) one free set of one-time-use mailing labels per year for all AZA-accredited institutions as well as discounts on subsequent sets of labels.  The mailing list is available as either printed labels or Excel spreadsheet. 

Members Only Access

Log in to access any members-only Web content.  This includes many valuable resources to aid you as a member, including statistical information on the AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.

Free and Discounted Admissions

Is there travel in your future? Don't forget to pack your membership card. Showing your membership card at many AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums will earn you discounted or free admission or even parking or gift shop discounts.

Job Listings

Commercial Members may post unlimited classified ads for job openings on AZA's Web site at no charge.

AZA Logo

Commercial Members may use the appropriate version of the AZA signature logo (requires member login) in marketing materials and company stationary.

Press Room Postings

AZA is pleased to announce the availability of a valuable new benefit! Commercial Members are now eligible to submit press releases to the Association's Press Room.

Eligibility Requirements:

•Company must be a current commercial member in good standing.
•Press release must also be distributed to other media outlets.
•Content in story must be newsworthy and specifically related to zoo and aquarium operations.
•All submissions are subject to approval by the AZA editorial team.

How to Post:

•Visit the online Press Room.
•Click on the Submit Zoo & Aquarium News link at the bottom of the Zoo & Aquarium News section.
•Login with your Commercial Member credentials.
•Complete and Submit the online form, according to the instructions provided.

Photographs are strongly encouraged and AZA may use the standard Commercial Member logo for items without a photograph.  


Proudly demonstrate your AZA membership and your commitment to the zoo and aquarium community. The Association of Zoos & Aquariums is building North America’s largest wildlife conservation movement by engaging and inspiring our 143 million visitors and their communities to care about and take action to help protect wildlife. Membership makes you a vital part of that effort.