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AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are some of the best places for you and your family to get connected to nature and become engaged in conservation action. Not only can you learn how to help protect endangered species and wildlife habitat, but you can also find out about recycling and energy conservation and other ways to help our planet.

Conservation Snapshots

AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation. Last year AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums were involved in more than 2,000 conservation, research, and education projects in 97 countries or regions throughout the world!  Conservation Snapshots provide basic information and beautiful photographs of species in peril. View AZA Conservation Snapshots.

ZOOTUBE!

AZA has partnered with Animal Planet to develop a variety short videos that provide fun facts about animals, behind the scenes interviews with zookeepers, and animated conservation messages.  A selection of these videos can be viewed through the links below but be sure to visit the AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums that have ZOOTUBE kiosks to view all of them!

Behind the Scenes Interviews
Home Sweet Habitat

Animals Save the Planet Facts
Aardman Jellyfish

The Dirt on Animals
Freaky Facts: Freaky Sloth!

Enrichment in Zoos and Aquariums

Ever see a tiger bat a boomer ball? Or an octopus play with a rubber toy? Enrichment – providing stimulating and challenging environments, objects, and activities for animals in AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums – is as critical to an animal's well-being as having the right food and medical care. Read more about animal enrichment.

Why Wild Animals Don't Make Good Pets

Exotic creatures like pythons, kinkajous and scarlet macaws have captured the hearts of animal-lovers looking for companions with pizzazz. Of course, nothing says "wow!" like a tiger; but keeping exotic animals as pets can come with hidden costs.  Read more about why wild animals don't make good pets.

Adopt a Zoo or Aquarium Animal

Adopting an animal at one of AZA's accredited zoos and aquariums is both rewarding and fun. Your "adoption fee" will help us take care of the animals – everything from building new exhibits to buying food. With more than 700,000 individual animals to care for, AZA's accredited zoos and aquariums have lots of mouths to feed.  Read more about adopting animals at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.

AZA-Accredited Zoos or Aquariums Near You

Visit your local AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium and see for yourself the extraordinary care, commitment and conservation that happens every day. You can find AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Bermuda, the Bahamas and Argentina.

Reciprocal Admissions Program

One of the benefits of becoming a member of your local zoo or aquarium is free admission to any of the other AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums that participate in the Reciprocal Admissions Program.

Volunteer at an Accredited Zoo or Aquarium

Volunteering at an AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium has many benefits. You can receive education and training, discounts on admission and membership, and have a chance to participate in special trips and events. You'll make some terrific new friends. You could also play an important role in educating the public about animals and conservation. Read more about volunteering at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.