The AZA Field Conservation Committee (FCC) paraphrases the definition of "Field Conservation" as action that helps secure the long-term survival of species in natural ecosystems and habitats. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums coordinate, participate, or support conservation projects that: directly support field work, species recovery, veterinary care for wildlife disease issues, and assurance populations; focus in situ and ex situ research on ways to protect species or ecosystems in the wild; and increase opportunities to increase conservation awareness, advocacy, action, capacity and fundraising. Read the complete definition of "Field Conservation".
Annual Report on Conservation Science
The AZA Annual Report on Conservation Science (ARCS) illustrates the substantial collective effort AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums dedicate towards direct field conservation. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums serve as conservation centers that are concerned about ecosystem health, take responsibility for species survival, contribute to research, conservation, and education, and provide society the opportunity to develop personal connections with the animals in their care. These esteemed institutions play a vital role in maintaining our planet’s diverse wildlife and natural habitats while engaging the public to appreciate and participate in conservation.
Traditionally, each Annual Report summarized the substantial collective effort AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums dedicate towards field conservation, education programs, research studies, and green practices; however from 2010-2012 each Annual Report focused exclusively on those projects that have a direct conservation impact for animals in the wild. 2012 data were submitted by 179 of AZA’s 238 accredited institutions and certified-related facilities who spent approximately $160 million on about 2,750 conservation initiatives in more than 100 countries! The following is a list of those institutions that contributed the most as a percentage of their budget:
|International Crane Foundation
||Alaska Sealife Center
||Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
|Bramble Park Zoo
||Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo
|Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
||New England Aquarium
||Smithsonian National Zoological Park
|Gladys Porter Zoo
||Aquarium of the Bay
||Monterey Bay Aquarium
|Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
||North Carolina Zoological Park
||Minnesota Zoological Garden
|Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
||Denver Zoological Gardens
||Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
||Woodland Park Zoo
|Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
|Houston Zoo, Inc.
||South Carolina Aquarium
||Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center
||Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
|Lincoln Park Zoo
||Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
||San Diego Zoo Global
|Dallas World Aquarium
||Texas State Aquarium
|Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
||Saint Louis Zoo
One of the goals of the AZA’s Field Conservation Committee is to significantly increase the amount of resources being committed to field conservation, and a toolkit was created to help zoos and aquariums find new ways to accomplish this. The toolkit consolidates an array of information including the definition of field conservation, AZA's conservation–related accreditation standards and application questions, guidelines on how to develop an “Institutional Conservation Strategic Plan”, ideas for developing dedicated revenue streams, examples of how to engage your organization, and ways in which organizations can promote their field conservation initiatives. Download the Toolkit for Increasing Field Conservation Contributions.
Download the ARCS Reports:
From 2010-2012, AZA’s Annual Report on Conservation Science focused exclusively on field conservation activities that have a direct impact on animals in the wild. Data on other areas of conservation activity were not collected during that time, and AZA staff worked with the AZA Research and Technology Committee, Green Scientific Advisory Group, and Conservation Education Committee to develop survey instruments to target the following areas (click below for copies of available surveys):
These surveys will collect data beginning with 2013 activities.