AZA and its accredited zoos and aquariums are dedicated to the research and conservation of, and education about, both in situ and ex situ populations of animal species. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA continues to build North America's largest wildlife conservation movement. AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums have funded nearly 4,000 conservation projects in more than 100 countries and spend $160 million on conservation initiatives annually. To assist our accredited institutions in their conservation efforts, information about AZA’s Conservation Endowment Fund and other funding sources are provided.
AZA Conservation Endowment Fund
The AZA Conservation Endowment Fund provides critical financial support to conservation, research, and education priorities that are viewed as high-quality and priority projects by peers in amphibian conservation, animal health, animal welfare, conservation education, field conservation and/or reintroduction, management and/or breeding, and research. Read more about AZA's Conservation Endowment Fund.
The Ape TAG Conservation Initiative
In 2010, AZA’s Ape Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) launched a campaign to sustain a future for one of the planet’s most imperiled group of animals— apes. Supported by nearly 40 zoos, and with generous matching funds from The Arcus Foundation, this effort will fund eight field conservation projects, one for each of the great ape species and two for gibbons and siamangs. Read more about this initiative and each of the eight projects funded.
Other Conservation Funding Sources
Information about governmental agencies, foundations, and corporate philanthropies which provide grant, endowment, or sponsorship funding opportunities for AZA animal conservation, science, and education initiatives are provided. Read more about other conservation funding sources.