Exhibit Award

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About the Exhibit Award

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, through its Exhibit Award, recognizes excellence in the area of live animal display and exhibit design by an AZA Institution (US or International) or Related Facility member. Only exhibits that were opened in calendar years 2012 and 2013 can be considered for the 2014 awards. Exhibits that opened to the public in 2014 must wait until 2015 to submit an application.

If there is any question as to what constitutes an eligible project, please email Rick Barongi, Honors and Awards Committee Chairman or call 713-533-6801. 

How to Submit an Application

Download the Exhibit Award application  (in DOC)

Read the  Guidelines for Submission  (in PDF)

Remember to submit a  Media Release Form  with your application.

All Honors and Awards applications must be submitted in electronic format ONLY and must be compiled into one PDF file. Please make sure the file name reflects both the award name and the institution.

AZA has contracted with WEBCARGO to provide a quick and easy way for you to submit your application. Click here to send your application via WEBCARGO.

Past Recipients

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2013 Significant Achievement

Saint Louis Zoo for Sea Lion Sound


The Louisville Zoo for Glacier Run  

2012 Significant Achievement

The California Science Center for Ecosystems

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for African Elephant Crossing

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens for Elephants of Asia  

2011 Top Honors

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Polar Frontier

Fort Worth Zoo - Museum of Living Art (MOLA)

The Toledo Zoo - Nature's Neighborhood

2011 Significant Achievement

Brevard Zoo - PAWS ON

Dallas Zoo - Giants of the Savanna

2010 Top Honors

Oregon Zoo - Predators of the Serengeti

Woodland Park Zoo - Humboldt Penguin Exhibit

2010 Significant Achievement

Fundación Temaikèn - The Bird's Place

San Diego Zoo - Elephant Odyssey

The Philadelphia Zoo - McNeil Avian Center

2009 Top Honors

Minnesota Zoo — Russia's Grizzly Coast and Central Plaza

2009 Significant Achievement

Bronx Zoo — Madagascar

North Carolina Zoo — Watani Grasslands Reserve

2008 Top Honors

National Aquarium in Baltimore — Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes

2008 Significant Achievement

Minnesota Zoo — Minnesota Trail 

2007 Top Honors

Philadelphia Zoo — Big Cat Falls

2007 Significant Achievement

Houston Zoo — Natural Encounters

Smithsonian National Zoological Park — Asia Trail

2006 Top Honors

Denver Zoo — Entrance and Predator Ridge

2006 Significant Achievement

Lincoln Park Zoo — Regenstein Center for African Apes

San Antonio Zoo — Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot

2005 Top Honors

Jacksonville Zoo — Range of the Jaguar

Monterey Bay Aquarium — Sharks: Myth and Mystery

2005 Significant Achievement

Lincoln Park Zoo — Regenstein African Journey

Oregon Zoo — Eagle Canyon

Woodland Park Zoo — Jaguar Cove

2004 Top Honors

Bronx Zoo / Wildlife Conservation Society — Tiger Mountain

2004 Significant Achievement

John G. Shedd Aquarium — Wild Reef

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo — African Rift Valley

2003 Top Honors

Louisville Zoo — Gorilla Forest

2003 Significant Achievement

Detroit Zoo — Arctic Ring of Life

Monterey Bay Aquarium — Jellies: Living Art


Brookfield Zoo — Hamill Family Play Zoo

Detroit Zoological Institute — Amphibiville


Minnesota Zoo — Wells Fargo Family Farm

John G. Shedd Aquarium — Amazon Rising: Seasons of the River


Monterey Bay Aquarium — Mysteries of the Deep

Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society — Congo Gorilla Forest


Toledo Zoo — Historic Aviary Renovation

John G. Shedd Aquarium — Seahorse Symphony


New England Aquarium — Aquarium Medical Center

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum — Javelina Exhibit

Louisville Zoological Gardens — Islands Exhibit


Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society — Butterfly Zone

Monterey Bay Aquarium — The Outer Bay


National Zoological Park — Think Tank

Sea World of Florida — Wild Arctic


Woodland Park Zoological Gardens — Northern Trail


Cincinnati Zoo — Jungle Trails, The Asian and African Rainforest Exhibit

SeaWorld of Florida — Manatees: The Last Generation


Woodland Park Zoological Gardens — Tropical Rain Forest


John G. Shedd Aquarium — Oceanarium


Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society — Baboon Reserve & African Market


Woodland Park Zoological Gardens — Elephant Forest


San Diego Zoo — Tiger River


National Zoological Park — Invertebrate Exhibit


Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society — Himalayan Highlands

San Diego Zoo — East African Rock Kopje


Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society — JungleWorld


Audubon Park & Zoological Garden — Louisiana Swamp Exhibit


Sea World of California — The Penguin Encounter


Oregon Zoo — Cascades; Stream & Pond Building


Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society — Children's Zoo

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium — Polar Bear Complex


Woodland Park Zoological Gardens — The African Savanna


Hanna Barbera Marineland — Baja Reef


Cincinnati Zoo — World of the Insect


The Seattle Aquarium — Puget Sound Exhibit


Saint Louis Zoological Park — Aquatic House Renovation


Saint Louis Zoological Park — Big Cat Country


Chicago Zoological Park — Saharan Predator Exhibit


Topeka Zoological Park — Tropical Rain Forest